visix wrote:They should be, the book is 50 years old and Dr. Seuss died almost 20 years ago. Copyright law is ludicrous.
Why should it ever be? To paraphrase a popular and horrible joke, "what do you call art that's not yours? Nacho art!"
Parody still allows use of IP, but parody is not the all-encompassing blanket wooters, and all commercial artists, it seems, think it to be. Parody requires strong concept, it requires hintings instead of full-on showings, it regularly requires making a commentary. There is more to it than slapping Sam-I-Am on a tee with a plate of not green eggs and ham.
But even so, I see ZERO REASON why copyrights should -ever- expire. The only people who want that are people who want to profit off other people's work. You can do it differently and uniquely. You can come up with your own idea. People who say "everything's been done" are only half right... lots of stuff has been, but there's always more to be done. There is no reason that we should feel that we need Dr. Seuss's intellectual property to really be creative. Really creative people can already utilize Seuss without biting him.