"Every perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination."
-- Gerald Edelman, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge
Alice in Wonderland and the theft of the public domain2 Alice in Wonderland and the theft of the public domainAlice in Wonderland and the theft of the public domain2020-10-04Journal
Like many films from their “Golden Age”, Disney’s Alice is itself a derivative work, based on Lewis Carroll’s 1865 book. However, Disney’s film won’t enter the public domain until 2046, and until then, no one can create derivative works of their own without receiving permission from and paying a tithe to Disney. And if modern-day copyright law, bought and paid for by Disney, had been in force at the time Alice in Wonderland was made, they would have released their film 17 years before Carroll’s novel entered the public domain.