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Copyright My Ass!

Saturday, 21 May 2011 08:05

Yes, it looks like it is coming to that. The NYT has an article about efforts by tattoo artists to claim copyrights in their tattoos.

It would have been useful to include the views of an economist on this issue. It would be difficult to imagine a more wasteful intervention into the market than giving tattoo artists a monopoly on the use of specific images. The enforcement problem is beyond absurd.

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written by izzatzo, May 21, 2011 3:37
The enforcement problem is beyond absurd.

Nudists of America disagree, noting that enforcement will consitute a healthy stripping away of the last shred of oppressive private dignity that hides potential stolen property underneath one's clothes.

Speeding up security checks at airport terminals alone make this a worthwhile initiative.
Sauce for the goose ...
written by Drew Kime, May 22, 2011 8:12
Hollywood, via the DMCA and RIAA, has been asserting copyright claims against all and sundry for decades. They have argued not only for the reduction of the scope of fair use, but for its complete elimination.

Whether prosecuting copyright claims is a good use of public funds is a fair question. But for Hollywood to simultaneously assert their own claims while denying the claims of artists they copy is not reasonable.

Note for instance the bill that would allow the RIAA to execute warrantless raids on cd/dvd manufacturers.
written by Jeff Z, May 23, 2011 9:15
See, this kind of thing creates jobs for patent and copyright attorneys, solid members of the white collar segment of American society, thus, this is all good.

AS opposed to creating jobs for hardworking blue collar citizens, who are obviously no good shiftless bums who are a heavy burden to the rest of society.

The NYT - protecting the interests the of white wine sipping intelligentsia! Eternal Vigilance!

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