MonthAugust 2011

Daily Mail Goes Public Domain Too!

Just a quick update to my previous post. The following is a quote I encountered from the Daily Mail regarding their regular and rampant publication of copyrighted works without permission:

these images were taken from Twitpic and therefore placed in the public domain

(Source – BJP)

So it looks like the Daily Mail’s website is up for a public domain IP land-grab as they too are maintaining that the internet is public domain.

Good News! BBC Goes Entirely Public Domain!

Twitter is a social network platform which is available to most people who have a computer and therefore any content on it is not subject to the same copyright laws as it is already in the public domain.

This was the comment made in response to a complaint about the BBC attributing photographs to ‘Twitter’, violating the photographers’ copyright. Of course, we can subtly reword this legal stance. Let’s try a few.

Twitter news.bbc.co.uk is a social network platform website which is available to most people who have a computer and therefore any content on it is not subject to the same copyright laws as it is already in the public domain.

Twitter BBC Television is a social network platform an EM wave emission which is available to most people who have a computer television and therefore any content on it is not subject to the same copyright laws as it is already in the public domain.

Twitter The Director General of the BBC’s car is a social network platform motor vehicle which is available to most people who have a computer crowbar and therefore any content on driving of it is not subject to the same copyright property laws as it is already in the public domain.

OK that last one might be pushing it a little bit. However, I think the others stand up to the same legal standards as the BBC’s original statement.

Oh and before you go and republish the BBC’s entire body of work for profit, it’s worth point out that the original statement by the BBC is a legal fiction.

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