Mbwebwe wrote:But, there is a willingness to protect... Personally, I could see it if it were the author... but, the heirs... ?
My theory is that heirs are MORE likely to be combative and restrictive. Many professional writers are happy for exposure and new venues, often for free or just bragging rights.
On one hand, we have an explosion of fan-fiction, original fiction, videos, art, music, and movies being published to the innerwebz -- for free, by amateurs, but often of near-professional quality.
On the other hand, we have:
- Yoko Ono
- Walt Disney's works
- Ayn Rand's estate
- Occasional issues with Gene Roddenberry's works
- Those A-holes that own the rights to "Happy Birthday"!!!
All heirs that had ZERO input to the content-producer's work (or the quality parts of it, in Yoko's case). And the heirs often don't even understand or appreciate the art, whose legacy they tarnish.