Better yet. If there wasn't a copyright notice appended to the original broadcast when it aired, then it should technically be in the public domain because of the (then) copyright formality requirements back in 1967
Yes, I meant the 14+14, and the extension is not an automatic renewal. This will help prevent orphan works and will bring back the original intent of inspiring others. I mean, you don't allow patents to be renewed for hundreds of years, so why should media be different?
The framing at the end of this article about the eventual popularity of the original creation reminds me of Shepherd Fairey's use of a Getty photo that likely would never have been seen or used again, and he transformed it into a new artwork that became iconic (the "HOPE" poster). He shouldn't have lied about where he got the photo and/or deleted evidence, but clearly there wasn't a huge market for Getty for that specific photo PRIOR to Fairey's derivative work.
So you're saying that things like The Hunger Games, Twilight, Gangnam Style, and other things that became cultural sensations within the last 20 years should be public domain? Then there would be no incentive to make any product that cost significant amounts of money as anybody could monetize it, which meant that those who financed it would rarely if ever see their money back.
I'm fine with the original copyright terms (pre-Sonny Bono extensions) applying to all media, so that things like Mickey Mouse should now be in public domain.
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