Miku-san wa ! Chi sei desu ne!?
Hatsune Miku: Anime meets Animation . . .
How could Miku-san throw a wrench into traditional ideas of freedom of expression and intellectual property?
This brings to mind the topic of fictional characters and copyright which has been an ever increasing problem since the early days of animation. Kembrew McLeod argues in his book Freedom of Expression: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity that much of the current regime of copyright law came from the draconian provisions of The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998. He notes that it is sarcastically referred to as The Mickey Mouse Protection Act – for “if not for the Bono Act, the first appearance Continue reading