Carl Barks Christmas Stories

Herbert Snorrason methanal at
Mon Dec 18 02:28:08 CET 2006

On 16/12/06, Fabio Blanco <longtom at> wrote:
>  I would love to see animated stories like The Milkman or
> W.H.A.D.A.L.O.T.T.A.J.A.R.G.O.N.
Whee! That would be neat.

>  Maybe we must expect the future days of Donald and Mickey in public domain,
> so a big animation company will make better cartoons from the most greated
> stories. :-P
>From the precedent established by the U.S. Copyright Term Extension
Act of 1998 (perhaps better referred to as the "Mickey Mouse
Protection Act") I sadly suspect such a time to be a very long way off
- unless groups such as the Free Software Foundation or Creative
Commons make considerable gains in the coming next few years.

In addition to that, it must be noted that the stories themselves are
also bound up by copyright, so that even though the *characters*
could, from a copyright (as I recall, at least some of them are also
subject to trademark protection - which is indefinite) perspective, be
used freely, the same doesn't have to apply to the stories which we'd
like to see animated. So the issue really is a rather complex one. :(

Schwäche zeigen heißt verlieren;
härte heißt regieren.
  - "Glas und Tränen", Megaherz

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