The maximum duration of a copyright used to be 56 years. As we've discussed, this means that everything made before 58 should have reasonably lapsed into the public domain. In Batman's case this means most of his most well known characters and concepts would be available for all to use, free of charge and free of litigation.
I have brought this matter up to fans, and many of them are concerned. They can't even picture a world where you can go ahead and make your own Batman. As much grief as fans can give companies like DC, many think Batman is rather safe in DC/Warner's hands.
Here's 5 realities of a world where Batman is public Domain.
5) DC still owns real Batman.
Let's face it, guys. We're not talking about a riot where we go into DC's office and rob them of Batman. As the day the first Batman comic goes public domain, this is what you'll have to work with.
|He just threw a man by the neck! "Regular Exercise" my ass.|
|Nobody still like Jason Todd.|
This is Batman and his nu 52 era buddies, some of them with Wikia pages longer than the Bible. By the 2030s all Batman related Wikia pages will have more words than the Bible. You don't get that, not initially. You get the starter Batman: an orphan richboy who wants to punches criminal while dressed vaguely like a bat.
|Under previous, you'd already get to adapt this.|
DC needn't fear your Batman. Unless...