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Emoji history of US copyright

The number of kinds of works covered by copyright has increased a lot over the years. The first copyright act, in 1790, covered just books, maps, and charts. Subsequent laws have added things like music, photos, and film. For a real history you can check the Copyright Office circular, but here’s an emoji timeline.

1790: πŸ“šπŸŒŽπŸ“ˆ
1802: 🐾
1831: 🎼🎢
1856: 🎭
1865: πŸ“·
1870: 🎨
1897: 🎀
1912: πŸŽ₯
1972: πŸ’Ώ
1990: 🏠
1998: 🚀

And a selection of Supreme Court cases:

1903: πŸŽͺ
1984: πŸ“Ό
1991: β˜ŽπŸ“š

(By the way, WordPress now supports emoji. Go WordPress!)