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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    Duh, 23 Jul 2007 @ 6:37pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Ever heard of an urban legend?

    To _legally seize_ property, you would have to have something more than just the claim that someone was violating copyright law by saying your fucking name. Case closed.
    BTW, just because this appeared in a British newspaper does not somehow mean that they got the facts right. A number of urban legends have been fueled by lazy-ass reporters who repeat BS as fact in their news stories. So, until you see evidence to the contrary, I wouldn't believe it.
    And remember as the following link shows, "when I tell you to do something you do it" or else: cripple+fight+video

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