Why it's so expensive to license the rights to a fictional character

Recently, two seemingly contradictory pieces of copyright law have popped up in the news. One is the case of Jonathan Coulton, whose arrangement of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" was lifted by the producers of Glee. Another is the recent case of a car customizer who was barred from making Batmobiles by a District Court… » 2/27/13 12:00pm 2/27/13 12:00pm

Creepy "Still Alive" music video made with public domain horror footage

When Craig J Clark decided to make a music video for Jonathan Coulton's killer-AI theme "Still Alive," he decided to avoid the usual Portal references and instead mashup horror movies from the public domain. And he recast Sara Quinn's version of GlaDOS with the decapitated heroine from the classic B-movie The Brain That … » 2/12/12 11:30am 2/12/12 11:30am