Prisoners Figure Copyright Abuse Is A Way To Get Out Of Jail

from the a-sign-of-the-times dept

Well, we've seen all kinds of companies abuse copyright law for a variety of purposes, and it seemed only a matter of time until outright criminals caught on as well. A group of inmates apparently copyrighted their names and then demanded millions of dollars from the prison they were in for using their names without permission. The claims were sent to the warden of the prison and when he didn't pay up, the prisoners were able to file claims against his property -- and then hired someone to seize the warden's property and freeze his bank accounts. At this point they then demanded to be released from prison before they would return the property. Instead, they were charged with extortion and "conspiring to impede the duties of federal prison officials." While the story is amusing, it does show how copyright law is being perceived these days. As intellectual property lawyers push more and more ridiculous positions concerning copyright law, people are beginning to realize that it can be used as a hammer for all kinds of ridiculous lawsuits that have absolutely nothing to do with creating incentives for the creation of new content.
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    Jason, 22 Jul 2007 @ 2:39am

    Who the fuck charged them with extortion and conspiring to impede the duties of a federally funded kidnapper? Their names WERE being used without permission. In addition to that, they were abducted by government funded kidnappers, and are currently being held against their will. Their privacy rights have been shit upon. Their UNALIENABLE rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness have been thrown out the window. Jail is a serious violation of human rights. Violent offenders should be killed, non-violent offenders broke no law, regardless of what they are charged with. The country needs to give up the astronomical costs of government funded police, and establish vigilante law. It would work much better, and nobodies life would have to be ruined. If you disagree, you are wrong.

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