L’Orsetto Pooh come Gatsby, libero dal copyright – Libri – Libri e film

NEW YORK – The Pooh Bear is finally free for a year now ‘The Great Gatsby’: The popular protagonist of A.A. Milne’s children’s stories has entered the public domain after it was created in 1926, as well as masterpieces from a year ago published in 1925, including The most famous novel by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, “The Dry Leaves” by Aldous Huxley and “The Colored Veil” by W. Somerset Maugham, are “liberated” from copyright restrictions. It all stems from a Congressional law that extended copyright for twenty years, from 75 to 95, and which this year also released works by Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes and Dorothy Parker, Felix Salten’s original novel, “Bambi,” many silent classics and Broadway songs. Skeptics dubbed the law the “Mickey Mouse Protection Act,” and it was passed under pressure from Disney to keep “Steamboat Willie,” the first Mickey Mouse movie, under copyright until 2024. So ironically, this time around Disney it’s paying the price: Winnie the Pooh and other characters from Hundred Acre Wood (Little Pig, Ih-Ho Donkey, Uffa Owl, The Rabbit Cap, Mother Kangaroo Kanga and Little Ro) is one of the most profitable franchises of the cartoon giant bought in 1961, after the death of Milne , the film rights, giving life to a billion-dollar machine among movies, toys, and children’s books. Tigger is still in tutelage, but briefly: The jumping tiger is introduced in the 1928 short story collection “The House at Pooh Corner.”

The earthquake is annual and has serious consequences, as it allows, among other things, to read freely released works on web platforms such as Google Books, but also to create new editions without paying royalties and without new authors becoming the target of lawsuits . For Gatsby a year ago, from now on, Pooh writers and studios will also be able to freely immerse themselves in the adventures of the anthropomorphic bear and other friends of baby Christopher Roberts. It is enough not to use later modifications of the character, for example the red jacket Poe has been wearing since the 1930s: this version is still protected by copyright. Despite stiff competition—among the titles “released” are Hemingway’s “The Sun Rises” and Parker’s “Enough Rope”—it was Pooh’s release that sparked greater public interest. “Everyone remembers when they first read a story or when they read it to their children,” Jennifer Jenkins, of the Duke University Center for the Study of the Public Sphere said of the “Ted Lasso effect.” And the animals behave with respect to each other.

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