I've been researching the idea of Public Domain, on account of my petition and what not. Apparently come 2019, works released in 1921 will start lapsing. Under the more reasonable previous law, we'd already have gotten works from before the 50s, which is to say Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and most of their most well known foes and allies would already be public domain. As it is now, we'll have to wait till the 2030s for that. So my pledge to you, dear friends, is that we should not wait until 2019 to complain that they restretched the duration of copyright to 170 years or something. Powerful interests are at work, and they won't take the lapse of certain big franchises lying down. Everybody stands to gain from more works entering the Public Domain. If it wasn't for the Public Domain we wouldn't have this year's Noah. Or Ben Hur. Or Spartacus. Or The Ten Commandments, with Charlton Heston. We wouldn't have Dreamworks' Prince of Egypt. We Wouldn't have Disney's version of Snow White. Or Pinocchio. Or Robin Hood, Aladdin, Cinderella, The Hunchback of Notre Dam. We wouldn't have Frozen or Tangled, based on "The Snow Queen" and "Rapunzel", respectively. We wouldn't have Scrooge McDuck! We wouldn't have the musical Les Miserables. We wouldn't have The Wiz, or Wicked. We wouldn't have the modern Zombie genre. We wouldn't have American McGee's Alice. Or Tim Burton's Alice. Or The 3 Musketeers. Pick whichever version you like best. Now, I want us to discuss what we can do. I've already set up a petition to the White House. No, I'm not that naive. I understand even if we get the signatures Obama won't come down on a magic goose and make stuff public Domain. But the signatures themselves are important. To send a message. What say you? Are you with me?