Originally Posted by MV64
This whole copyright thing confuses me. Can someone explain that wikipedia article in plain English?
Things that have already entered public domain remain so.
Things that haven't entered public domain and were published before 1978 (but after 1923) can't be released until 95 years after they were published, correct, unless the owner renewed the copyright, correct?
I don't understand these draconian rules. Why should someone 90 years after the death of the author benefit from the author's work? Seriously?
Its honestly the Walt Disney rule. Disney made billions making public domain stories into movies, but they don't want any of their characters going into the public domain. Lots of books are lost completely because they aren't public domain and publishers have no interest in putting them in print. Sad situation in the US.