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Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.

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On that last question, I'd say I find it difficult to believe that there is political motivation involved. Of course, the question arises about why no lawsuit against the ad agency responsible for the original 1984 ad? Anyway, if it was initiated by Obama's political opponents, I'd say at least Obama is close to the right side on the copyright wars - his Flickr account's photos are all CC licensed works, for what it's worth.
Remember folk, copyright is a weapon against publisher types, i.e. geezers in possession of a large and heavy printing press.

Unfortunately for copyright we are now all in possession of a vast and distributed printing press, known as the Internet.

You may be able to prosecute someone found in possession of an incriminating press, but something tells me that "Copyright vs Viral distribution of entertaining political videos" is a fight with a very clear winner.

All that remains is whether the artist who produces such a video can really be considered a criminal. They have prepared a derivative and made it available - then the public see fit to mass produce copies of it.

It may be that such artists only need to reveal authorship if/when their works prove popular, for then the acclaim affords any penalty levied by our gloriously vestigial copyright.

What is the penalty for preparing a derivative work through combination of authorised copies of published works in the privacy of one's home these days?

Can't have artists building upon each other's work can we now, eh? It just ain't fair.

The Washington Post reported (3/28/2007) that "Britain's Court of Appeal rejected a lawsuit Wednesday from two authors who claimed novelist Dan Brown stole their ideas for his blockbuster novel "The Da Vinci Code."" Finally, a moment of sanity in the copyright battle.

To expand on Fitch's comment about building on others work. The downside of this lawsuit had it not been rejected, was the apparent argument quoted in the NY Times that "In a statement the authors, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, said, "We believed, and still do, that nonfiction authors would suffer and be discouraged from extensive research if it was found that any author could take another's ideas, 'morph' and repackage them, then sell them on."" Had the case upheld this absurd concept, it would have been a severe frost on the ability of people to build on the work of others. I suppose college students would have been happy to be barred from doing research!

Thankfully, the court had a lucid moment.

I suppose Baigent and Leigh had been looking forward to an acclaimed string of highly derivative books - and the ability to lock out any other author from this supposedly lucrative niche.

The problem with monopolies over exploitation of one's publications is that it's very understandable why the idea is so attractive to the author.

I can only conclude that it's an author's ego-distortion field that enables them to justify constraining the artistic inclinations of 6,700,000,000 other authors.

It has long been my view that most of us took Orwell and Huxley as the warnings I believe they were intended to be. Unfortunately the few in power seem to have used them as a roadmap.

So a look on the lighter side: We should buy Orwell's copyrights and then we can use the copyright ownership to ban the Orwellian lunacies governments are implementing worldwide!!

Na - you can't play their game. He's five foot two, and he's six feet four ....................And brother, can't you see, this is not the way to put an end war.

Barack Obama is the answer to Bushism and the idiocracy of past 8 years that governed American foreign policy. He will be able to restore the true image, reputation once America enjoyed in the world as the champion of Democracy and Freedom.

Hillary has too much dirt and is too close to corporate America. Obama will fight for the common man, go against corporate politics and corporate power, he has the guts, will and charisma.

If by that you mean "more important to get rid of ASAP", I'd have to agree.

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