Idea Channel this week, in looking at how the “Happy Birthday” song is still legally protected, takes on a subject dear to my heart: how to balance copyright with, as they put it, “adding to the pool of freely available culture”. It’s a complex question, and I think they do a good job of pointing out conflicting factors and pressures.
He also makes Disney Star Wars jokes. But there are some striking facts in there, too, about how copyright has gone from 14 years to “life of the author plus 95 or 120 years”.
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