2 thoughts on “IP madness

  1. Jack Yan

    The first one was plain sad, but what does one expect from such a litigous society? It’s not so much enforcing copyright as flexing muscles like impudent beach boys. As word gets out, there will be consumer outrage, and where does that leave the IP holder? With a tarnished reputation. Granted, I make money off IP cases, and I have pursued others for violations, but it is where something of ours has been taken wholesale, such as content or software. In nine out of ten cases the “pirate” is an innocent party who just needed to be educated on what could be done, and what couldn’t. We both win.
       Seems some lawyers would rather move us from education and goodwill to confrontation and litigation, all so they can make a buck, while damaging their client’s long-term brand equity. But what do they care? It’s not like most lawyers even understand branding, with blue and black their preferred letterhead colours, and the desired colour of the skin of their opponent after a “copyfight”.

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  2. Adrian Trenholm

    The comment from the IP laywer at the end of the first Boing Boing post hits it right on the head:

    kids love culture, as we all do. And their love of copyrighted and trademarked characters helps make those characters valuable, just as the creators’ inspiration and skill have. Consider if no child loved Dora the Explorer; how valuable would the copyrights and trademarks in the character actually be? Not very.

    It goes back to what Jeff Tweedy from Wilco said – that the value is in the colloboration.

    The lawyer goes on to say that control is at the heart of copyright maximalists’ thinking. Which places intellectual property in a whole other league from plain old physical property. You don’t see the miller saying “I will sell you this flour, but you cannot use it to make a cake.”

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