How Copyright Could Be Killing Culture

Great article about the chilling effects copyright abuse has on historical artifacts, and how the recent tightening of the copyright noose means we can’t see much of the historical footage we once could.

As Americans commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy today, no television channel will be broadcasting the documentary series Eyes on the Prize. Produced in the 1980s and widely considered the most important encapsulation of the American civil-rights movement on video, the documentary series can no longer be broadcast or sold anywhere.

Why?

The makers of the series no longer have permission for the archival footage they previously used of such key events as the historic protest marches or the confrontations with Southern police.