CBC: When We Said Blogs Would Need Permission To Quote Us, We Didn't Really Mean It
from the yeah-that's-clear dept
But, of course, all the CBC is really doing is showing that it does not seem to understand these issues at all. When it says something like this, you have to wonder:
"The objective is to bring some clarity and some consistency, and to ensure our brand is properly protected. The guiding principle is to have the rules of use and the restrictions of use as unambiguous as possible so people know what they're getting into when they use this stuff."But, of course, the rules didn't add clarity or making things unambiguous, they did the reverse. And, the CBC seems to be confused about the purpose of copyright law, when it says the goal is to "ensure our brand is properly protected." While that may be the purpose of trademark law, it's not the purpose of copyright law, and using copyright law for that purpose is a mistake that leads to these sorts of ugly situations.
The real issue here is that, once again, you have people making rules who think they understand what copyright is for, and they don't recognize what it really means at all. And that leads them to say things that make no sense, such as barring all use without permission. In this day and age, when there are so many open discussions on copyright, you would think that those making such a policy change would, at the very least, first explore some of the issues before making such a drastic change in policy.