Who’s Afraid of Sonny Bono?


  1. ~im just only me~
    ~im just only me~ February 11, 2010 at 7:24 am .

    Joseph, I like your idea that some works produced for money might be better off left unwritten, but on the other hand, as you point out, it seems perhaps they can coexist — my first thoughts being of works that were serialized (e.g. much of Charles Dickens') and works which were originally conceived or admitably produced for the coin (e.g. Wordsworth and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads)… I

  2. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison February 5, 2010 at 11:25 pm .

    The Fairey situation would be laughable if it weren't so serious. If AP succeeds one wonders what may happen to a novelist who puts portions of a real politician's speech into the mouth of a character. Disturbing stuff.

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous February 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm .

    Copyright Law has been on my mind because of the lawsuit against Shepard Fairey brought by the Associated Press. Fairey used a photo owned by the AP as a reference for the painting of Obama that I believe he donated to the campaign. It used to be that an artist could use an image if it was changed 30%. A jury of peers would determine the 30%. To my eye the photo was changed way over 30%. But here

  4. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison February 5, 2010 at 5:33 am .

    I had no idea about Dickinson! Unbelievable….

  5. J.H. Stotts
    J.H. Stotts February 4, 2010 at 9:05 pm .

    an absurd preponderance of copyright protections are used for protecting the 'rights' of the dead, which is only code for corporate and moneyed interests, who seem to have all the rights these days. and those rights extend even longer than you would think the law allows–consider dickinson, whose poetry is all owned by harvard to this day, after their lawyers made a persuasive case for

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