Captain Copyright Caught Copying His Entire Concept?

from the gee,-that-sounds-familiar dept

The amazing adventures of Captain Copyright just keep getting more bizarre. This is the Canadian superhero (or, maybe not, since superheroes may be owned by Marvel) that is supposed to be brainwashing teaching young children about copyrights, mostly from the point of view of the big content companies who are more interested in protecting a business model than actually looking at the real issues related to copyright. It didn’t take long, though, for Captain Copyright to come under all sorts of criticism for his ridiculous linking policy to his misuse of copyrighted material to his ridiculous ban on cutting and pasting any content from the site. While the folks behind Captain Copyright haven’t publicly said anything while this discussion has gone on, they have been caught repeatedly fiddling with the content that is being made fun of online. Even worse though, is that some are pointing out that there’s already a different Captain Copyright and (you guessed it), this new one might be infringing on the rights of the old one (so far, no one has confirmed if the folks behind the Canadian Captain Copyright cleared the rights with the Singaporean Captain Copyright). Wonder how they’ll edit that on their site? Of course, they could use this as a chance to teach students how silly it is to overly protect some concepts, and how derivative works can be original in their own right without needing to pay everyone who came before. Somehow, that seems unlikely to happen.

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Brad says:

No, they won’t. They’ll point to a non-european country, say “they stole it from us” complain how there are no copyrights overseas, and end it all with a pat on their lawyer’s backs.

You’d think someone trying to push through support for copyright might have bothered to do a google search? I suppose “right” and “my way” are defined differently for a reason.

Sam Erb says:

ca whois lookup

If you go to a ca whois database you will get (such as


Registrant Name The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency Corp.

Registrar In2net Network Inc.

Renewal Date 2007/11/02

Date approved 2005/11/02

Last changed 2006/02/02

Description in development

Registrar Number 571481

Registrant Number 1350002

Domain Number 1350002



Administrative Contact

Name Judy Mark

Job Title

Postal Address The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency 1 Yonge Street Toronto ON M5E 1E5 Canada

Phone +1.4168681620

Fax +1.4168681621


Technical Contact

Name Domain Hostmaster

Job Title

Postal Address Doteasy Technology Inc. Suite 210 – 3602 Gilmore Way Burnaby BC V5G 4W9 Canada

Phone (604) 434-4307

Fax (604) 608-6832


If you take a trip to

you can view the “Prohibited Content” of which include:

-Content that infringes or violates any copyright, patent, trademark, service mark, trade name, trade secret, or other intellectual property right of any third party.

And at a strech:

-Content that is grossly offensive to the community, including blatant expressions for bigotry, prejudice, racism, hatred or excessive profanity, or to post any obscene, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectable material.

…you could make a case for this… but that would be limiting freedom of speech… and they wouldn’t want that now… 😀

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