it's darkly funny to me how tolkien's obsessive worldbuilding, insanely long copyright terms, and the 21st century media conglomeration have lead to this truly wild web of rights

copyright exists to promote artistic expression, which is why you can riff on winnie the pooh as long as he's not wearing a red shirt.


imagine having to hire both a lawyer and a tolkien scholar to determine whether the script to your elf tv show is legal

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