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    The author of "Steamboat Willie" is the Walt Disney Company, a corporation. In practical terms they're never going to die, so when is the cartoon going to fall into the public domain? Answer: never.

    I would support maybe 20-25 years of copyright if the Berne Convention could be modified for that to be the minimum. Even 50 years would be better than the current state of affairs. But it's detrimental to society to keep work out of the public domain forever. The most glaring example of that is Disney -- if it hadn't been for tales like The Little Mermaid, Snow White and Cinderella falling into the public domain, Disney would not have been able to build its successes on them.

    I've figured out how to know what the Republicans are up to. Just listen to what they accuse the Democrats of doing. -- Me

    by Our Man In Redmond on Mon Jan 17, 2005 at 02:19:17 PM PST

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