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March 2023

Public Domain / Copyright

Why are famous characters getting horror movie versions?

2022 was a big year. Major IPs fell into public domain on January 1, 2022. The big ones include Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Dorothy Parker’s Enough Rope, and A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. Silent films starring the likes of Buster Keaton and Greta Garbo joined them alongside over 400,000 sound recordings...

Story at Yahoo News

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Medical Health

What neuroscientists learned from mice on rejuvenating an aging brain

Story at Protothema

According to Wyss-Coray, quoted in Stanford University’s School of Medicine newsletter, Scope, “when we treated old mice with repeated intravenous infusions of young plasma (the liquid fraction of blood), these mice became smarter, performing more like young mice on multiple cognitive tests. Conversely, young mice exposed to aged blood or treated with aged plasma experienced accelerated aging of the brain and a loss of cognitive function.”

Mouse Brain


$1000 artist contest for book covers in Ann Arbor - contest for Michigan artists – Click on Detroit


Rice fields in JAPAN turned into large scale rendition of the Mona Lisa

Story at Skai [Original in Greek, read in English translation]


The artifice of celebrity intimacy

The classic legend of the paparazzi has changed considerably: celebrities need them, book photo dates with them, take them along on their photogenic vacations for "spontaneously" staged images.

From Greek newspaper [Greek] and in translation to English via Google

Public Domain / Copyright

Public Domain derived works and being careful of copyright infringement

How does copyright end and where are the dangers in using a public domain property?

Go to being careful of copyright infringement

Discovery of a 16th century book with text in ancient Greek with illustration by Albrecht Durer – news item at Greek language online new Naftemporiki

The 16.5 x 6 cm painting depicts two cherubs above imaginary sea creatures. The tongues of these beings intertwine to form an elaborate coat of arms; the coat of arms of the famous academic from Nuremberg - and acquaintance of Albrecht Dürer - Willibald Pirckheimer.

Public Domain / Copyright

Mickey Mouse copyright approaching the end: "Disney could lose the exclusive rights to Mickey Mouse within two years"UK Daily Mail

When he first appeared in 1928, Disney's copyright was protected for 56 years but as the beloved cartoon character approached the end of its copyright, Disney successfully lobbied for the Copyright Act of 1976 which extended protections to 75 years. And then in 1998, Disney lobbied for a further extension, giving it protection for 95 years.

It is unclear whether the entertainment giant plans to make another move before 2023 to prevent Mickey from being moved into the public domain. has reached out for comment.


Man attacks painting of Mona Lisa with a cake

Story at Chicago Tribune

"...Videos posted on social media showed a young man in a wig and lipstick who had arrived in a wheelchair. The man, whose identity was unknown, was also seen throwing roses in the museum gallery to slack-jawed guests. The cake attack left a conspicuous white creamy smear on the glass but the famous work by Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t damaged."

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