The Constitution guaranteed individuals
the sole rights to their own creations for a limited time.
works originally held an intial copyright period of 28 years from the date
publication; a copyright could be renewed for another 28 years for a total of
1976 Copyright Act changes
After January 1, 1978, the copyright period is the
life of the author plus fifty years after the author's demise.
June 26, 1992 1976 Copyright Act amended to extend all
copyrights still in existence to a term of 75 years.
For works penned
after January 1, 1978, the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act,
signed into law on October 27, 1998, amends the copyright protection term to
the life of the author plus an additional 70 years.
For anonymous and
pseudonymous works and works made for hire, the term is 95 years from the year
of first publication or 120 years from the year of creation.
pre-1978 works still in their original or renewal term of copyright, the total
term is extended to 95 years.
"Under Eisner's watch Disney was the driving force behind the
Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. Disney success was due to its
widespread use of stories and concepts from the
public domain." -
Copyright periods have been more than doubled recently.
This benefits corporate elite in three ways:
elite retain a revenue stream;
third, important broad knowledge concerning
the environment as
well as other
general knowledge not available to the general
Television has replaced
the Oral Traditional.
The storyteller is a rarity these
produce entertaining television
For most of human history, no one imagined
that you could own a story.
Cultural commonwealth is
now walled off and
There was a court case between Exxon and Kellogg
over the cartoon tigers used to market the brands: the
Exxon gas tiger and
Tony the Tiger.
The two look quite similar (similar as well to
"Tigger" of Winnie the Pooh
fame, and to "Hobbes" from
the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes).
These corporations asserted
property rights over a drawing of a tiger.
Tigers may be part of
nature, but the idea and image of a tiger, with all its associations of
strength, power, and beauty, is cultural capital.
Since there are
really only a limited number of ways to draw a tiger and have it still look
like a tiger and carry these associations, the litigants were in effect
asserting private ownership over an item of cultural capital.
lovin' it", a phrase, is the property of the
"Make every drop count" is the property of
"Ideas for life" is the property of Panasonic®.
"Always" is the property of
"Making life better" is the property of Penn State.
can still use these words, but not as a slogan for your organization.
Nike has taken "Just do it"
Donald John Trump has
taken "You're fired!"
These are but a few of the tens of
thousands of common phrases that have been expropriated from the public
Corvette owns a certain shade of red, UPS a certain shade of
These are parts of the
Did these companies create these colors, or
just enclose and wall them
"In 2001 a Michigan jewelry merchant using "Love your
neighbor" sued a Florida charity named "Love thy neighbor" for
trademark infringement, claiming that the similar name
and resulted in lost profits" - Charles Eisenstein
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