#9297334, By SClaw Downsides of the expiry of copyright

  • SClaw 16 Jan 2013 11:50:43 826 posts
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    JayG wrote:
    Haven't they changed the laws recently? Or else the likes of the Beatles and Rolling Stones would suddenly be out of copyright. And what happens when the likes of Superman and Batman are out of copyright, I really can't see that happening in today's society.
    Comic book characters are more complex.

    I believe that the copyright is retained indefinately by the publisher (DC in this case) while the characters are still in use, but then reverts to the estate of the original creator if they fail to use it for a period (as is, I believe, the case with Superboy and why you don't see that name or appearance used anymore). After that I suppose it does indeed fall under the normal rules, but it would be a rare case.
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