CBS Sues Public Domain For Existing

So along comes this new lawsuit, attempting to put another nail in the coffin. [The Andy Griffith Show] episodes posted on YouTube weren’t somehow expanded to draw upon material from other episodes, or for that matter from anywhere else. They were public domain material being posted in full online. And now CBS wants the court to say that’s infringing because other episodes of the show are still under copyright, and that even though these 16 are in the public domain, they still count as derivative works of previous episodes. So, magically, posting public domain material to YouTube — something that should be completely and inarguably legal — becomes unauthorized distribution of a derivative work. – Leigh Beadon, Techdirt