Beamer wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 11:32: I still fail to see how allowing Mickey Mouse or the Beatles catalog to be public use encourages innovation. It seems to actually do the opposite.
Yes, Walt Disney is still sitting on Mickey Mouse rather than creating new characters. But other people are forced to create new characters rather than use Mickey Mouse.
Disney has over the years lobbied for copyright extensions to keep Mickey Mouse and other properties from going in to the public domain. They also have trademarks to protect against the characters from ever being used by another company.