Originally Posted by Simon Willard
Protection encourages people to be creative. Walt Disney should be able to copyright the Mickey Mouse character in order to make a living from his creativity. But Walt is long gone. The law now protects the interests and image of a large corporation. Sure, corporations can be creative too. But why can't the people take ownership of Mickey after all these years? Why can't I publish the works of James Joyce on my web site? Or the recordings of Elvis?
Are there any commenters who would like to defend our copyright law?
Well, one could make the argument that the inheritors of an artist's estate should benefit from the continuing popularity of that artist's work. And we do have laws about the length of time after death something stays out of the public domain.