Mickey Mouse SHOULD be public domain by now for crying out loud, part of the expiration of copyrights was to foster innovation by releasing old ideas into the public for free usage as well as make the producers of the expired stuff incentive to continue to be creative...
Instead you have Disney which was feasting off the corpse of mickey mouse for so many years, no wonder they almost went bust before they acquired pixar and lucas films.
Even if the mouse is still protected things like the steamboat willie cartoon should be in the public domain market if no other reason than the keeping with the principle of the 200 year old copyright laws.
We’re SO on the same page about the underlying purpose of intellectual property rights. Incentive to create, but also expiration to encourage innovation. So obvious, but such a classic case of regulatory capture. Focused private interests dominate the political scene at this point and it is only going to get worse. Who is John Galt?
Copyright laws in the USA are rigged to favor big business. The laws are an outrage to common sense. I am a criminal if I hire a band that plays “You Ain’t Nothing but a Hound dog”. Ridiculous. As a consequence I do not hire bands to play at my (little) bar.
How stupid are our politicians ,,, the rest of the world laughs at their ridiculous laws while those laws are used only against our people.