Sunday, April 30, 2006

Copyrights and Rescricted Licenses


This is a funny parody of the issues surrounding copyrights. The analogy brings us to a bar, where a drunk asks for a light from Revver co-founder Ian Clark...

"I was in the pub last night, and a guy asked me for a light for his cigarette. I suddenly realised (sic) that there was a demand here and money to be made, and so I agreed to light his cigarette for 10 pence, but I didnt actually give him a light, I sold him a license to burn his cigarette. My fire license restricted him from giving the light to anybody else, after all, that fire was my property. He was drunk, and dismissing me as a loony, but accepted my fire (and by implication the licence which governed its use) anyway...."

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9 Comments:

At 4/30/2006 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just added a comment to that fire example which reads:

Perhaps u need to amend your story. Something like this. You spent 5 years creating a sleek lighter that impressed people when lighting cigarrettes. You show it to a guy at the bar. You soon see him showing up with exact copies he built on a home-rigged unit selling the lighters @ $5.00 a pop and giving you no credit for your input or innovation. Bet you'd feel good. right

 
At 4/30/2006 6:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just posted a comment to the cigarette lighting spoof which reads:

Perhaps u need to amend your story. Something like this. You spent 5 years creating a sleek lighter that impressed people when lighting cigarrettes. You show it to a guy at the bar. You soon see him showing up with exact copies he built on a home-rigged unit selling the lighters @ $5.00 a pop and giving you no credit for your input or innovation. Bet you'd feel good. right

 
At 4/30/2006 6:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know why my post is coming out twice. Any way to fix that?

 
At 4/30/2006 1:09 PM, Blogger Marquisdejolie said...

For $5, I'll license you a fix, but you have to sign my Terms of Use Agreement. I accept PayPal payments at jamesjarvis.net.

 
At 4/30/2006 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too late. I've already affixed a patent pending solution. I plan to sue you for damages.

 
At 4/30/2006 4:49 PM, Blogger Marquisdejolie said...

Hahaha! My assets are hidden in a Nevada corporation. Not even the I.R.S. can pierce that veil. Ask Ray Reynolds. He'll tell you.

 
At 4/30/2006 8:36 PM, Blogger Marquisdejolie said...

Uh, Nalts, why is that little girl in the picture smoking Camels?

Shouldn't she be smoking Lucky Strikes?

 
At 5/01/2006 1:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting. I posted my sleek lighter counter-example on the site where the original story is. I got a message saying the comment had to be approved. Looks like it didn't. Guess thats one site that can dish out criticism but can't take it.

 
At 5/01/2006 3:01 AM, Blogger Nalts said...

He'll approve the comment I think (based on the sense of humor on the site). But it looks like the blog hasn't been updated in some months. Maybe that's what happens to your blogging frequency when you work at a 24/7 startup.

 

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