Nintendo says this amazing Super Mario site is illegal. Here’s why it
shouldn’t be. Thanks Ant via
Unfortunately, in the past 200 years, Congress has dramatically expanded
copyright terms. For a work with a corporate author — in this case Nintendo
— copyrights now last 95 years. That means "Super Mario Brothers" is
scheduled to fall into the public domain in January 2082. And that's
assuming Congress doesn't extend copyrights again in the meantime.
Full Screen Mario is just one example of the ways long copyrights impoverish
our gaming culture. The site supports user-designed levels, so it's easy to
imagine a community of amateurs designing Super Mario levels and sharing
them with friends as people do today with "Minecraft."