Thanks Disney

I want to create something.

Something new and fresh.

Something that I love and want to share with everyone so they can see it, and experience it, and love it too.

Does that sound good?

Oh, and yeah I only want this exact 5% of western culture to be able to see it and anyone else who does has to be arrested, ok?

Yes, a pretty intense and exaggerated example, however, to some extent is this not what copyright is? A way of securely censoring what we create and intended to share in the first place?

There are many ways this censoring is done, and many confusing rules and regulations around it which continue to baffle me even further.

The current US copyright law states that a monopoly exists on the creation 70 years after the authors death. For corporate authorship, the monopoly exists 120 years after creation or 95 years after publication. And who do we have to thank for these monopolies? 


Corporations these days…



4 thoughts on “Thanks Disney”

  1. It is funny how many clauses and loopholes and whatsits exist to allow corporations to keep making money from ‘their creations’ even after original artists/concept creators have died or sold out. And I feel your Disney erk. I hate seeing the Disney logo now under every product or creation affiliated with Star Wars (RIP Lucasfilm).

    Just to get more complicated, it’s probably important to note how Australian copyright lengths differ – 70 years after death for dramatic, musical and literary works and 70 years after the year of creation for films & sound recordings – . Funny that the biggest illegal downloaders in the world (Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!) have even tighter, more specific regulations than the home of Hollywood.

    I think another point you might have included could be the profit angle – while copyright is a difficult thing to get around, so many not-for-profit forms of fan fiction and remixes exist. Sometimes they’re protected by law, but other times the original content creators will cry copyright. Seems like a very unsure area especially in Australia –


  2. Great post, I like your use of statistics to get the message across. It’s a shame certain copyright laws can put restrictions and limitations on creativity… Creative Commons is the best way around the “Big C” at the moment as it allows ‘some rights to be reserved’ which means you can still use someone else’s work but under certain conditions. Keep up the good work!


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