The Patent Office Strikes Back
Ross Douthat argues that the fact fans love the mythos of the Star Wars universe even though they’re not fans of the prequel trilogy means we should have “an intellectual-property regime that lets other artists have a go at the Star Wars mythos sooner rather than later, and unencumbered by the heavy corporate hand of Lucasfilm.”
While I’m not a fan of copyrights that extend for decades past a creator’s life, why shouldn’t George Lucas be free to screw up the Star Wars franchise if he so desires? And to prevent others from mucking around with his work? And to charge as much as he wants to those who wish to capitalize on his creations?
Fans love the mythos of the Star Wars universe because Lucas created it. It’s his mythos, not ours.