Copyright For Timelords

tardisThe 50th Birthday of the iconic BBC series, Dr Who, has stirred up a number of copyright issues. Of interest is this piece on Torrentfreak, that tries to calculate when various episodes will enter the public domain. It seems that copyright in more complicated than the Dr Who timeline!

In an otherwise unrelated development, Stef Coburn, the son of the author of the first episode of Dr Who, is apparently suing the BBC, claiming that upon his father’s death, any informal permission his father gave the corporation to use the Tardis, was terminated, and rights return to the Coburn estate. Fans will recall that it is not the first time that the ownership of rights in the tardis has been debated. Back in 2002, the BBC won a copyright suit filed by the Metropolitan Police who claimed that the owned the phone box.

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