Celebrate Fair Use Week With A New T-Shirt From Techdirt

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It’s Fair Use Week — time to celebrate the all-important safety valve on copyright law and oppose those who want to see it clogged up or removed entirely! Of course, for us that’s pretty much every week, but this still seemed like a good time to launch our newest t-shirt design: Copymouse (also available as a v-neck, hoodie, women’s tee, mug or sticker). As most of our readers know, Mickey Mouse has a real talent for evading the public domain (even if he has to drag the rest of our culture down with him) and this t-shirt lets you remind everyone of that fact — and the fact that we likely haven’t seen the last of that fight.

Also, while all our gear artwork is available on request, for Fair Use Week we figured it was a good idea to make a vector SVG version of the artwork available from the get-go.

(P.S. don’t forget to check out the Techdirt store on Teespring for our logo gear (in two styles) and our still-available I Invented Email gear.)

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Anonymous Coward says:

The Copright Office

Hello there. Anonymous Coward here.

“To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing FOR LIMITED TIMES to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” – U.S. Constitution [emphasis mine]

Return copyright “work” coverage BACK to it’s original 8-year coverage (and 1 optional renewal of same time-length) before “work” becomes public domain.

It’s also pasted-time to demand that the Copyright Office allow access to all the required, deposited copyright material that they have of each copyright-item granted (regardless of studios getting their deposits back) for our right to freely copy and freely publish. Or to have the studios required to make them accessible to a 3rd-party overseer to do same.

Anonymous Coward says:

RE: The Copyright Office

Hello there. Anonymous Coward again.

With a “term” correction of 14 years (not 8 years) for the previous post. References follow (http://copyright.gov/history/dates.pdf):

(1) May 31, 1790. The first copyright law of the
United States, entitled “An Act for the encour-
agement of learning, by securing the copies of
maps, charts, and books to the authors and propri-
etors of such copies, during the times therein men-
tioned,” was enacted ( 1 Stat. 124, chap. 15) . The
rights were granted only to citizens or residents
of the United States. The period of protection
was 14 years; renewal for a second term of 14
years could be made by the author if he was living
at the end of the first term.

(2) February 3, 1831. The first comprehensive re-
vision of the copyright law (4 Stat. 436, chap.
16) expanded the subject matter of copyright tc
include musical compositions. The term “histori-
cal print” was enlarged to “any print or en-
graving.” The requirement of newspaper notice
of copyright was deleted except in respect to re-
newals. The first term of protection was extended
to 28 years, but the renewal period remained 14
years. The renewal privilege was granted not only
to the author, but also to his widow or children
if he himself was no longer living at the end of
the original term.

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