Why you won't be able to make your own Star Wars movie until 2072

If you made your own commercial Star Wars movie now (we're not talking those fan films), George Lucas would eat your lunch. But it wasn't always that way. In fact, under earlier copyright law, the 1977 film A New Hope would have apparently lost protection in 2005. So how did we get here?

C.G.P. Grey put together a short film that explains why the copyright on Star Wars won't expire for another 61 years.

And don't forget about Harry Potter! If you want to write your own novel about J.K. Rowling's creation, you're going to have to wait a while, because the copyright on The Sorcerer's Stone won't run out until 2116!

Check out the plain English explanation below—using lots of sci-fi examples—of the tremendously convoluted U.S. copyright laws.

So does it all make sense now?

(via The Daily What Geek)