Intellectual Property Insights from Fishman Stewart PLLC
Newsletter – Volume 22, Issue 1
Public Domain Day 2022: Welcoming Winnie-the-Pooh
Happy new year, readers! And happy Public Domain Day! Public Domain Day is celebrated each January 1st and commemorates a collection of creative works whose copyright protection will expire this year. As intellectual property attorneys, our job is often to fight for the protection of creative works. However, January 1st is a day to recognize the importance of finding balance between incentivizing innovation with exclusive rights and allowing innovation to flow naturally in the public domain.
The U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” With this power, Congress provides artists and inventors monopoly control over their intellectual property via copyrights and patents, which incentivizes innovation and rewards investment. However, such control is balanced with a limitation of time; at the end of the monopoly period, inventions and artworks are returned to the greater society as ownerless property in the public domain that can be molded and utilized freely to create the next great innovation. Additionally, public domain status aids in the preservation of deteriorating and lost works and allows for potentially greater distribution of works to people around the world.
Published January 7, 2022
Michigan Manufacturers Association presents the 2021 MFG Innovation Excellence Award to Duperon
Read the Michigan Manufacturers Association’s full announcement HERE. Fishman Stewart is a proud sponsor of the Michigan Manufacturers Association.
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