Module 3 Written Assignment – Mickey Mouse and the Public Domain


Under current copyright law in the United States protections extend for the life of the author plus 50 years, or 75 years for a work of corporate authorship. Copy right law has been extended many times over the years providing further and further protection for copyright holders. Review the attached article which discusses the last time copyright protections were extended in 1998. That update extended copyright protections out 20 years beyond where they were at the time, thus Congress will likely in the very near future again consider extending copyright protection.

Based upon your review of this weeks reading and the attached article and clearly state your opinion regarding US copyright law: Should further / lengthier copyright protections be extended to copyright holders or should the law remain as it is or even be shortened.


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