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Nintendo says this amazing Super Mario site is illegal. Here’s why it shouldn’t be. Thanks Ant via Slashdot.
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."

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