Star Wars, George Lucas, and How Copyright Term Limits Can Affect The Death of The Author

The [Legal] Artist


May is an important month for Star Wars fans. Episode IV, A New Hope premiered on May 25, 1977, ushering in the age of the summer blockbuster. This past Sunday was May 4th, affectionately known by fans as Star Wars Day basically so they can all walk around saying “May the Fourth be with you” with impunity. This year, May has taken on extra significance; just last week, Disney released a picture of the cast for the new Star Wars film, Episode VII to be directed by J.J. Abrams and starring a bunch of exciting young actors like Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, and Lupita Nyong’o. It will also feature the original trilogy cast members, including notorious grump, Harrison Ford.

It’s all very exciting and even though I’ve never been a big Star Wars fan, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about poor old George Lucas. His reputation never recovered from the terrible prequel trilogy and the…

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