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Entries from August 2006

What Went Wrong with Copyright

August 12th, 2006 · No Comments

mickey (1928)Corporate owners have millions of dollars to gain by keeping their properties out of the public domain. Disney, a major lobbyist for the 1998 extension, would have lost its copyright to Mickey Mouse in 2004, but now will continue to earn millions on its movies, t-shirts, and Mickey Mouse watches through 2024. Warner/Chappell Music, which owns the copyright to the popular “Happy Birthday to You” song, will keep generating money on the song through 2030.

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Tags: Intellectual Property · Media Economics · Music