Tuesday, July 12, 2005

See what happens when people try and copyright everything in existence?

This story definitely showcases the weird and wacky in copyright-related litigation:

"HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS - A man has been attempting to use a novel defense - he copyrighted his name, and when government officials sent citations for traffic violations and property taxes, he claimed the government officials infringed upon his copyright.

In response, prosecutors accused him of breaking an obscure law that makes it illegal to attempt 'by threat of violence of economic reprisal against a person or property with intent to alter or affect a public official's decisions, votes, opinions or actions,' reports the Sky-Hi News of Granby.

A jury found him guilty, and he was sentenced to two years in jail."

Also kind of IP-newsy is this list of WebCT awards for exemplary courses. There has to be some irony here: the creators of a proprietary course management tool give awards to a course on IP aimed at faculty (I'd be interested to see whether it was a "push fair use" or"General Council says be very very careful" kind of course) - but also to a film studies course that is delivered entirely online (how many digitized films? excerpts of films? how much of those films?) and uses WebCT and web sites to structure the course in such a way that *gasp* no textbook is neeeded!

Which reminds me: the Chronicle Review was about academic publishing several weeks ago. I really need to read that issue!

- posted by laurie @ 7/12/2005 07:20:00 PM
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