Anniversary Post: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in WonderlandOn this day in 1951, Walt Disney released Alice in Wonderland. I love the film now, but I didn’t like it when I was a kid. I think I know why. It made me nervous. The book is filled with that too, but Disney really piled it on. Of course, now I find it charming.

What I don’t find charming is the film is 64 years old and it is locked up tight under copyright. How is it that in our fast paced world, our copyright moves ever slower? If corporations had the power and inclination in 1865, the laws would have been changed and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland would still be protected by copyright. Think about it: there is money that corporations are losing every time someone reads that book for free!

Here is the tea party scene from the film. It isn’t on YouTube, because they pander more to the copyright demands of these evil corporations than anyone. Thank God for Daily Motion. Of course, the real problems are the corporations and our government that places their demands above the common good.

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