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Re: [News] Land of the Fee Bans President's Face, Imprisons Artists

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____/ Homer on Monday 09 February 2009 10:31 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee, that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>> Obama should sue AP for 'stealing' his face.
> *Exactly*. This is why the concept of "Intellectual Property" is utter
> nonsense. How can someone "own" other people's perceptions?
> This reminds me of something I read about last year's London marathon
> (on the BBC iPlayer forum, IIRC). Apparently the organisers declared
> that they "owned" the event, and therefore any photographs or videos of
> that event were their "Intellectual Property". I posed the question: How
> can a private company legitimately claim "ownership" of a public space
> (central London), and subsequently the perceptions (in either tangible
> or intangible form) of those who observe events in that public space?
> What next ... is the MSBBC going to declare that they "own" Christmas,
> and therefore anyone who celebrates that event must pay them royalties?
> Commercialism is a disease.

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