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On 11/7/07, Donald J. HARLOW <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> It seems strange to have a system in force that protects an author's
> intellectual rights by starting the countdown to their expiration
> from the date of his death.
>

This is thanks to The Walt Disney Company's intensive lobby to prevent
Mickey Mouse from entering the public domain.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey_Mouse_Protection_Act

Antonielly Garcia Rodrigues