Saturday, November 10, 2012

Safeway and Alfred Bell v. Catalda

Via Ben Golant, this Cake Wrecks post indicates that Safeway attempts to stop intrepid bloggers from taking pictures of their disasters (scroll down for a funny, NSFW Halloween example) by claiming copyright even on masterpieces like this one:
So, apparently they are taking seriously Judge Frank's instruction:
A copyist's bad eyesight or defective musculature, or a shock caused by a clap of thunder, may yield sufficiently distinguishable variations. Having hit upon such a variation unintentionally, the 'author' may adopt it as his and copyright it.
Though I'm tempted to ask how long that thunderclap lasted, in this case.

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