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Join Us as We Welcome New Works to the Public Domain on Public Domain Day!

January 30, 2020 Copyright , Copyright Act , Copyright Reform , Cosplay , Public Domain , Public Domain Day

Today is Public Domain Day! Come celebrate with us from 5- 9 pm at American University Washington College of Law. View the program and register here. 2019 was the first year that works protected by the Copyright Extension Act—those created after 1923—entered the public domain. This year we are celebrating all the copyrighted works from […]

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Copyright, Props, and Armor Replicas: “Yer a Statue, Harry”

August 29, 2018 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Cosplay , Fair Use , Fandom Series

Cosplay encompasses a lot of elements beyond the clothing covering your body. Armor, decorative flourishes, and props all fall under a different (and, mercifully, clearer) legal regime than clothing.

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Copyright and Cosplay: Working With an Awkward Fit

August 29, 2018 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Cosplay , Fair Use , Fandom Series

One of the questions about copyright that comes up most often at fan conventions is whether or not cosplay is “legal.” It’s a good question, but it gets into some of the murkiest areas of copyright law.

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