The examples of ridiculous misuses of intellectual property law seem to be coming fast and furious these days. The latest is that a tattoo artist who did the tattoo on one player's arm is suing the NBA, claiming a violation of his copyright in having the tattoo seen in some commercials. This is, obviously, pure greed, rather than any legitimate copyright claim. The guy sold the tattoo to the player who now has the right to display it wherever and however he wants. Next thing you know, artists will sell you a painting, but demand you pay them a fee every time anyone looks at it. Unfortunately, that seems to be exactly how some in the entertainment industry are trying to set things up when it comes to digital content -- but not everyone realize that the digital copyright questions are often just as outrageous as these analog examples.
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