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Link: “I think flouting the Joker’s copyright is funny, and I’m tired of pretending it isn’t”

Original post found at: https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/16/23354819/the-peoples-joker-copyright-dc-tiff

I liked this piece about the stifling nature of our copyright laws. For most of human history, people were free to riff on pre-existing, well-known stories – a tradition still upheld today in modern fanfic culture, however “not totally legal” that may be – and I feel like that was better and healthier. Creatives have to make a living, sure, but that’s because we live under capitalism and dare I suggest that the capitalist system is designed to crush human creativity in this, and basically all other, regards.

a cartoony avatar of Jessica Smith is a socialist and a feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.