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Thursday, January 02, 2003

COPYRIGHTS IN NEVERLAND
In another example of how much is at stake in the current copyright law debate, a dispute over whether or not Peter Pan is now in the public domain is about to hit the courts. The decision from this case will affect whether or not this new Peter Pan book, "After The Rain", ever sees the light of day.

I could have sworn that Peter Pan did, in fact, pass into public domain a few years back. I recall some story about when it happened, and how creators/publishers were urged to continue to make some sort of payments to the children's hospital regardless. I guess the Sony Bono Act has now clouded all that.