Public Domain Day: Preserving the digital realm is as fraught as ever

How much will be around in 95 years time?

John Leonard
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Public Domain Day: Preserving digital works is as fraught as ever
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Public Domain Day: Preserving digital works is as fraught as ever

At last, the mouse is free (Ts & Cs applying). After decades of sending lawyers after anyone daring to use the sacred image of Mickey unauthorised, including a childcare centre, Disney has finally conceded defeat.

Ninety-five years after its release, the 1928 cartoon Steamboat Willie, which was originally destined for the public domain in 1984 and 2004 before Disney won extensions, can now be copied, adapted...

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