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Copyright Monopoly created As Censorship Instrument

Fair Use Protects So Much More Than Many Realize

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Copying Is Not Theft

Public Domain Is the Rule,
Copyright Is the Exception

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Big Win For Fair Use In Google Books Lawsuit

The Constitution guaranteed individuals the sole rights to their own creations for a limited time.

Creative works, intellectual property, 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 56 years.

1976 Copyright Act changes existing copyright.

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.

For 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." - Mike Masnick

Copyright periods have been more than doubled recently.

This benefits corporate elite in three ways:

first, corporate elite retain a revenue stream;

second, information capture and retention;

third, important broad knowledge concerning health, economics, statistical trends, psychological operations, science, the environment as well as other general knowledge not available to the general public.

Television has replaced the Oral Traditional.

The storyteller is a rarity these days.

Remote specialists produce entertaining television and movies.

For most of human history, no one imagined that you could own a story.

Cultural commonwealth is now walled off and converted into money.

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Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US

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Shadow Regulation Around the World

Publishers Still Fighting to Bury Universities,
Libraries in Fees for Making Fair Use of Academic Excerpts

Federal Court Rules Against Public.Resource.Org,
Says Public Safety Laws Can Be Locked Behind Paywalls

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.

"I'm lovin' it™", a phrase, is the property of the McDonalds®.

"Make every drop count™" is the property of Coca-Cola®.

"Ideas for life™" is the property of Panasonic®.

"Always™" is the property of Walmart®.

"Making life better™" is the property of Penn State.

You 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 language.

Corvette owns a certain shade of red, United Parcel Service a certain shade of brown.

These are parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Did these companies create these colors, or just enclose and wall them off !

"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 confused customers and resulted in lost profits" - Charles Eisenstein

Copyright Is Becoming Guilt By Accusation

Obama Administration Considers Joining Publishers
In Fight To Stamp Out Fair Use At Universities

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