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(io9)   Judge rules that it's illegal to sell custom Batmobiles because the Batmobile is itself a fictional character. Not sure if serious   ( divider line
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2013-02-12 12:58:09 PM  
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TV's Vinnie: How long has it been since the "Adam West Batmobile" has been seen in any DC comic, cartoon, tv show, or movie?

After a certain time, doesn't a copyrighted design sort of lapse if it hasn't been used within a certain amount of time?

No. Copyright is effectively forever. It was originally 28 years, then it became 28 years with an option to extend it for another 28 years, then it became 64 years, then it became life of the artist or 75 years for corporate held copyrights, then it became life of the artist plus 10 years, then life plus 20, then life plus 30 and now we're at life plus 70 years. For corporate held copyrights it is either 120 years from creation or 95 years from first publication whichever expires first.

Basically copyright laws have become a joke and no longer serve their intended purpose which was to actually ensure more works end up in the public domain by granting a limited monopoly on created works. The supreme court ruled that as long as each extension on copyright is a limited extension (i.e. copyright is extended for only another 20 years and not an indefinite extension) then corporations are allowed to extend copyright in perpetuity. So every time the works of L.Ron Hubbard and Walt Disney are about to have their copyrights expire the Church of Scientology and Disney lobby government to grant a 20 year extension on copyrights.

As an artist who enjoys cashing his royalty cheques just as much as the next guy I think this is stupid. The original copyright coverage of 28 years was more than sufficient. You want more money, create more works.
2013-02-11 05:06:56 PM  
1 vote:
I'd much rather have a replica of the actual Lincoln Futura than a replica batmobile. It is a crime against humanity that that car never went into production. C'mon Ford, bring us the Lincoln Futura!! NOW!!!
2013-02-11 02:00:50 PM  
1 vote:
If you outlaw Batmobiles, only criminals will have Batmobiles.
2013-02-11 02:00:30 PM  
1 vote:

Danger Mouse: The first thing I'm getting when I hit the lottery:

$150,000 and fully licensed.

Right there with you.

FIRST purchase w/ lottery winnings.
2013-02-11 01:00:46 PM  
1 vote:
The only problem with this is it makes Warner Bros seem like a bunch of douches and gives bad publicity. There comes a time when protecting your license does more harm than good.
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