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August 28, 2008

A bunch of random copyright concerns

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andrew @ 6:55 am

My older daughter and her friends used to make some little figurines called Wagabos (pronounced wa-JUH-boos). This morning, my younger daughter wanted to make some, but the older daughter started yelling that she couldn’t. She said it would be illegal to make them without permission of her and her friends. Its part of Copyright law. I tried to go through my mind what I could use of the four factors of fair use defense that the younger one could use. (Its not transformative, its not factual, it is not just a portion of the work, etc.) The only excuse that I could come up with was “copyright was created to encourage writers and artists to create works. It wasn’t created to make your little sister cry!”

I just saw this article about a man arrested for leaking songs from Guns n’ Roses supposedly upcoming album, Chinese Democracy. It makes me wish we could go a step further and stop all distribution of Guns n’ Roses music.

Andy Oram from O’Reilly had an interesting article a few weeks back describing how copyright got into its current state. I found it interesting. I tend to rail against some of the more recent changes in copyright law (excessive extension of terms, erosion of fair use, etc.) but Andy points to changes as far back as 1909, and how those changes started to set in motion copyright as it is today.


  1. Copyright is when you can’t use a published idea without owner’s permission. Wagaboos-published
    Permission-not granted

    Comment by Your oldest daughter — September 20, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

  2. Also, IS THAT THE BEST EXCUSE YOU COULD THINK OF! You’re telling me that your daughter who went to Trial court can beat you in an argument and THAT’S ALL YOU COULD THINK OF! Oh my gosh, I’m very ashamed of you

    Comment by Sam — February 17, 2009 @ 11:36 am

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