and yet it still happens everyday in schools across the nation, while religious texts drive women's health issues in public debate and the public secular definition of marriage.
So, while we're not yet Pakistan - we are far from safe from imposed religious views. Don't get me wrong, religion plays apart in people's moral and ethical compass and shouldn't be banned from public discussions - but trust me, it's begning to feel a lot like 1692 around here.
Reason why the suit was dropped is likely because the statue is in the public domain...
"copy" was installed in 1994
Original scultpture was unveiled in 1913 in Denmark
Even if copyright was restored in URAA, they would be required to file a NIE, since the town was using it before the URAA agreement and the 1994 sculptor would have relied on the 1913 sculpture being in the public domain. The town would have a 12-month grace period from the NIE to remove or negotiate with copyright holder under URAA rules for derivative works.
At any rate, generally, for works created before 1978 the copyright term is only 95 years from publication if copyright is restored under URAA, so 1913+95=2008 so the thing has probably been in public domain in US for a year now...
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