by Mike Masnick
Wed, Dec 16th 2009 11:35am
A bunch of folks have sent in this story of former South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt, who was convicted of raping his two foster daughters a couple years ago, and who is now claiming that his name is covered by copyright, so no one can report on it. More specifically, he's trying to claim a "common law copyright." Unfortunately for Mr. Klaudt, except in extremely limited circumstances, the US does not recognize "common law copyright." He's demanding written permission to use his name in a news report, and has apparently demanded anywhere from $500,000 to $2 million for each "unauthorized" use. Apparently Klaudt, despite having been a former lawmaker, is unfamiliar with the basics of the law. Perhaps he can use his time in prison -- where he will most likely be for quite some time -- to study up.
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