Freedom to Mickey Mouse!

    As you know, the extension of the American (and, consequently, global) laws on the protection of intellectual property surprisingly coincides with the expiration date of copyright on the most famous American - Mickey Mouse.

    According to the official version, Mickey Mouse was created on November 18, 1928 and was supposed to go into the public domain on November 18, 2008, but the laws on the validity of copyright were once again extended, and Disney Corporation was one of the main lobbyists of this decision. The cost of the Mickey Mouse brand is now estimated at $ 3 billion.

    The diagram shows how copyright has been extended since the invention of this legislation. It should be borne in mind that for the first time copyright acted on a declarative principle, and until 1976 the term of copyright was virtually zero, unless the author specifically took care of the opposite. Now the opposite is true. The author must take special care to free his work from the yoke of binding legislation.

    By the way, two things follow from this graph :

    1. We are the first generation in history that is depriving ourselves of our own culture.

    2. No author’s work on Earth created during your life, without special actions on the part of the author, will never be available for your creativity.

    Of course, the unfortunate Mickey Mouse has nothing to do with usurping corporate dominance through intellectual property laws. But Mickey is a symbol of this negative trend. Therefore, recently a real struggle has unfolded among the progressive part of humanity under the general slogan “Freedom to Mickey Mouse!”

    The arguments are as follows. First, the progenitor of Mickey was created before the official deadline, so that copyright has already expired. Secondly, the copyright application was filed in violation of the law, so it may need to be canceled.

    One way or another, but the fight for Mickey Mouse freedom is a symbolic fight against the evil of corporations that seek to take public culture into private ownership and who want to profit from what brings joy to people.


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