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« on: March 31, 2006, 12:29:40 am »
A good outline of the stupidity that is intellectual property law in the U.S.

http://www.motherjones.com/news/exhibit/2006/03/intellectual_property.html

The one I think they should've mentioned is that you can be sued for singing "Happy Birthday" as the song is still under copyright. This is why when you have a birthday at someplace like Friday's or Olive Garden, they have their own made-up song to sing. If they didn't, they'd have to pay fees.

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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2006, 12:41:51 am »
I weep at the utter stupidity of these "intellectual property" laws.  Since when did the land of free thinking become the land of think and we'll find a way to sue you?  And it's not even the government that's doing it, it's the major corporations...  Makes me wonder if I should see if any of my ideas are patented.
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2006, 09:53:29 am »
a couple that stood out to me:

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RENTAMARK.COM makes money by claiming ownership of 10,000 phrases, including “chutzpah,” “casual Fridays,” “.com,” “fraud investigation,” And “big breasts.”

For INCLUDING a 60-second piece of silence On their album, the Planets were threatened With a lawsuit by the estate of composer John Cage, which said they’d ripped off his silent work 4’33”. The Planets countered that the estate FAILED To specify which 60 of the 273 seconds in Cage’s piece had been pilfered.
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2006, 03:25:18 pm »
It should, in all honesty, be completely against the law to trademark ANY phrase in ANY language. That's be like me putting a pattent on something like "++" in C++, or the use of a block if statement. People will still use it, and people honestly won't give a shit.

But the american court is just as much at fault. As apparently there isn't a judge yet who's been bright enough to claim bullshit and throw the case out.
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2006, 07:04:00 pm »
That's just ridiculous! I mean, the best form of flattery is imitation; the best way to remember a time in your life is the songs and media that surrounded it; and all of that stuff will be prevented because people want money.

So what if someone utters pieces of a good Martin Luther speech or sings happy birthday? They should be grateful those things don't just vanish in time like other more important "intellectuality" or signs of times. Take it easy is what say about it.

"I got you babe" patented for copyright till 2064 or something. I don't know anyone who sings it anyway. I mean, that doesn't want a swift kick in the groin for being a lame-o.
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2006, 08:03:09 pm »
oops, I wonder how much money I owe the Luther King Jr. estate for teaching his speech?

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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2006, 05:39:31 pm »
Well I'm also in full belief that things like the Martin Luther King Jr. speech should be free by LAW. Simply because it's important history, and you should NOT be able to claim legal ownership over historical facts.

Thus that foundation can kiss my ass in that reguard. It's just some kids trying to get rich off of a great man. What do you think Dr. King would have thought about his own bloodline doing that?
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