Space: The Legal Frontier

By James H. Burns: Inspiration is lovely, but has anyone at Paramount’s legal department, or the estate of Gene Roddenberry (not to mention that of the late costume designer William Ware Theiss) seen the logo for Roscosmos (the Russian federal space agency)?


3 thoughts on “Space: The Legal Frontier

  1. To encourage new ideas and allow a flow of creativity to enter the public domain and common shared lore of our worldwide culture, NO ONE should have a copyright, trademark or patent which lasts beyond 20 years or at the outside the lifetime of the idea originator, NOT their heirs. In this vein it is both sincere flattery and hubris on the part of the Russians to have gone with this design. Some could argue that it was just lazy of them. But not illegal or wrong, except for too generous laws in the USA and internationally, benefiting mostly corporations who want a monopoly lock on their “creativity”. The reason behind SO MANY sequels and reboots. Without this we wouldn’t have the new re-imaginings of Sherlock Holmes, or Star Trek itself, now current in movies and TV. Yes, original source material is Canon, but it should be an impetiment to new stories by new generations of creators. If the geneticists succeed in extending life beyond our current norm, that should not extend to legally perpetual legal rights of idea ownership.

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