Originally Posted by dmaul1114
Well on that front maybe the laws need to change what public domain means.
Maybe entering the public domain should just mean that that book/movie/tv show/music etc. can be copied and distributed freely.
But not that people can freely use those characters etc. for new products etc.--if that's what the Mickey Mouse case is about.
I'd be ok with that. The public domain should be out free access to old works--not allowing people who lack imagination to use a popular character to sell no works instead of creating their own characters.
One can still plagiarize something in the public domain--having it freely available shouldn't mean you can take it and use the characters and other distinct things in your own work etc. IMO.
You want to make the public domain gratis but not libre? That somewhat defeats the purpose of progress and would quickly put Disney out of buisness. Snow white the little mermaid Cinderella um well pretty much all of them public domain characters Disney used and keeps using. Movies they keep selling over and over now.
What we need is a simple flat term like 28 years.