Yes, we know, the Republicans are giving prime time coverage to what they call “Cancel Culture” referring to the decision by a private company, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, to not publish its property. Republicans are placing the blame totally on the backs of those snowflake Democrats. No more Mr. Potato Head. No more Aunt Jemima Pancake Syrup. All because of the Democrats and their cancel culture.
Well, excuse me, but can any of these Republicans or talking heads ion Fox point to any legislation or policy or rule into effect by Democrats that prohibits the owners of the copyright to Dr. Seuss from publishing their property and make it available to the public? The quick answer is: NO.
Who or what is at fault, what is at the root of our tragic loss of McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer.? The simple answer is, to use the parlance of Republicans: Big Government and Regulations.
The term of copyright for a particular work depends on several factors, including whether it has been published, and, if so, the date of first publication. As a general rule, for works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years.
Why are Republicans simply calling for smaller government and limited regulations? How about copyright protections that only last for the life of the author? If that were the case, McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer could be printed and sold by anyone on the free market. No more “Cancel Culture” Problem Solved.
I have yet to hear any Republican cry out against these regulations that are in full force, protected by a Big Government, and I wonder why? Maybe it’s because the wealthy class makes a ton of money because of this sort of big government and regulations, so there we have the Dr. Seuss Excuse: Big Regulations are No Motivation for Cancellations when the Realization affects Campaign Funds and Big Donations.