Recently, Faithful Spoilerite Vistapapadapoulous asked me a fascinating question: What character would I most like to see in the public domain?  It’s a loaded question, but one that had a couple of immediate answers.  For me, it’s a toss-up between Mickey Mouse (whose adventures have been wide-ranging but still locked in a Disney mold) and Batman (whose editorial team sees no real benefit in anything other than Frank Miller’s Dark Knight, unless as a novelty.)  With the Disney Corporation engulfing and devouring properties that will stay viable for decades, they might stop lobbying to continuously rewrite copyright law in their favor, making this more than a hypothetical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) asks: What fictional character and/or property do you think would MOST benefit from being in the public domain?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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