Happy new year, and happy public domain day! :) Here's background on some of the works that enter the public domain as of today in Canada and the EU - and how decades worth of public domain works were stolen from the public by the United States Congress:
(Unlike the authors, I oppose copyright and patents on principle, but retroactive copyright term extension is particularly illustrative of the damaging effects of intellectual monopoly rights.)
I wonder what Ajit Pai thinks of Roy Moore. Someone should ask him...
3/ I love pointing out to right-wingers that, if history is any guide, Trump will demolish Republicans this term the way that Carter demolished the Democrats in 1977-1981 https://medium.com/@robla/carter-populism-trump-b74df78707e9
2/ It's not *too* surprising that Mike Pence would go for neoliberal Carter. From The New Republic: "Carter and likeminded Democrats kept at arm’s length a vibrant ’70s grassroots left that included a revived labor movement, growing women’s and gay and lesbian right’s groups, and a bevy of new multi-issue organizations, such as ACORN, Common Cause, and Public Citizen. Nonetheless, when Reagan defeated Carter, neolibs blamed Carter’s alleged liberalism." https://archive.is/Sq3eV
1/ McKay Coppins in The Atlantic describes Mike Pence's journey from staunch Jimmy Carter supporter (!) to Reagan proselyte and then Trump sycophant: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/01/gods-plan-for-mike-pence/546569/ (h/t Jay Walsh https://twitter.com/jansonw/status/938098056381186048 )
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