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OT: Lapsed Copyright Cases (was RE: [dvd-discuss] Eldred v. Ashcroft Accepted forReviewbySCOTUS)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Galt [mailto:galt@inconnu.isu.edu]
> Think of Disney.  I submit to you that Mickey Mouse's 
> copyright expired 
> when Roy and Walt failed to affix notice on the 1929 MMC 
> materials, and 
> again in 1956, when the "Mickey Mouse in Plane Crazy" 
> copyright was not 
> renewed (the soundie, "Plane Crazy" was separately copyrighted as a 
> published work, MMIPC was copyrighted as an unpublished work)
> Take a look at the VanPelt paper for details...
> http://www.law.asu.edu/HomePages/Karjala/OpposingCopyrightExte

In a similar vein, there is the Bob Kolody case against
Coca Cola (which has apparently not mentioned the case in
their SEC filings for the past few years ...)


So far, the big companies seem to have all of the power in 
copyright cases, whether they lapsed in their renewal 
responsibilities or not.

-Richard M. Hartman

186,000 mi./sec ... not just a good idea, it's the LAW!