[clug] 'Rip!' on SBS, last Tuesday night

Craig Small csmall at enc.com.au
Sat Jan 9 16:42:12 MST 2010

On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 09:58:14AM +1100, Martin Schwenke wrote:
> Why?  There are 2 sides to this.  The original creator of the material
> says "I'm not willing to let people mess with my creation for less
> that $250K".  So, either that creation is good enough that people will
Should there really be laws with some rather harsh penalties behind them
to stop that though?

> Anyway, there are certainly problems with copyright periods being
> continuously lengthened for Disney's benefit.  There is also a problem
> with corporations trying to claim copyright over a public domain
> stories - I don't know the details of what Disney is alleged to have
> done there...
The length of time has been extended a few times.  There is no real
reason behind it except that it gives corporations like Disney more
money for doing exactly nothing.

The PD stories thing was that some of Disney's stories are based upon
folklore or stories writen by others many years ago.  They took someones
work and built upon it, but then got the laws changed so you couldn't do
the same thing to them.

 - Craig
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