Copyright is the single greatest defense against piracy. And yet, the protection it provides is near zero. On January 3rd 2022, columnist MICHAEL HILTZIK wrote an article on the recent entry of the original Winnie-the-Pooh into the Public Domain. This article brings up an important reminder of the role that the Public Domain plays in the progression of artistic expression globally. Creators are largely left out of the profits that come from the production of their works. This needs to change. The author, Michael Hiltzik, writes an incredible article about the history of copyright law in the United States. His perspective on how the law has grown and evolved is mesmerizing, and we highly recommend a full read. Winnie-the-Pooh is yet another example of how an artist’s work was used to generate massive profits for an unrelated organization, while stifling the growth of the art’s second life of modification and remixing.

Who wrote Winnie-the-Pooh? Do they benefit from Disney’s domination of copyright law? Could better standards be written that actually protect the creator from theft? Does the Winnie-the-Pooh brand benefit from it’s entrance into the Public Domain? These are questions that can only be answered by fellow creators such as yourselves. If you think we can do better, let us know by emailing pickme@indycas.com with your most recent creation!

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