Convicted Criminal Says His Name Is Copyrighted, Sues Court For Infringement
from the ah,-copyright-law dept
Not that this guy has much of a case, but if you want an example of just how screwy copyright law is, take a look at this case. A prison inmate in Missouri who was convicted of mail fraud is trying to sue the judge in his case for copyright infringement - claiming that he owns the copyright on his name. He's demanding $33 million - $500,000 for each time the name is mentioned in court documents. Amusingly, the newspaper article does not name the guy. Perhaps they're afraid of a lawsuit, too? Of course, sending out bogus lawsuits against the federal government probably isn't such a good idea. They're countersuing him for making false claims. He's also in trouble because he didn't actually file the legal documents to sue, but made up fake ones. Of course, while you may scoff at the claim that this guy has a copyright on his name, it may not be that far-fetched, since the Supreme Court has now said that Rosa Parks can sue the band Outkast for using her name in a song.