During class we got into the conversation of the Copyright Term Extension Act — Better known as the Mickey Mouse Law. I mentioned I saw a video on it and well.. here it is!
Around 1:30 in the video we go into the lobbying of Congress for extending this bill. It’s an interesting concept because you think of Congress being a fair force that promotes democracy but instead is (in a very loose term, hear me out on this one) being bribed to extend a bill on Copyright.
While this may be good for all new copyright holders (Disney is doing all the legwork on fighting for this right), it makes you wonder how long will congress allow Disney to extend the bill. More importantly, why doesn’t congress just extend it forever instead of having to go through this renewal process? It’s a lot of unknown motives, but as NYU Law Professor Christopher Sprigman says (2:16),
“Traditionally, the Walt Disney company has been very good at convincing congress to do what they want.”
On that note, I’ll leave you to imagine what bribes are going on behind close doors that the public has yet to know about.
— Katelynn DiBccari