Monday, November 30, 2009

Four Eyes

As you can clearly see, I've had glasses before. My mother was thoughtful enough to send me these pictures, and she practically DEMANDED that I put them up. Yes, I am aware that I am likely violating copyright law by doing so.

If you are reading this and you own the copyright to stacks of moldy class photos from Washington Elementary circa mid 1970's, MY MOTHER MADE ME DO IT! DON'T SUE ME! Now, don't get me wrong- I'm a big fan of copyright law but I think it might have gone a little too far lately.

I just read a post on Consumerist about some poor schmoe who went to the-store-who-must-not-be-named to get some photos printed for a relative's funeral. The photos included some school pictures, similar to mine above. Well, except for the glasses, probably. The store, despite all evidence to the contrary, apparently considers itself a beacon of justice in a cruel, dark world, and refused to print the school pictures, citing copyright law.

Also recently, I read about a woman who has been blogging as 'Frugalista' for some time, only to be sued by someone who just copyrighted the term. I didn't realize you could copyright words, but I definitely want to get some. I haven't decided which ones I want, because I especially like quite a few: 'cacophony', 'disingenuous' and 'martini' spring to mind. I don't want to be selfish and take more than my share, so I guess I should try to figure out how many words there are and then how many people might want some and divide to determine my personal quota. When I'm done, I'll let you know so you can get some for yourself, too. Not everyone will want some, so there should be plenty to go around.

Rats! Now I find myself in need of an ending, and nothing comes to mind. Oh! Someone else must have already taken the words I want. THAT'S the trouble. Greedy bastards.


Helen said...

Boy, you've really blossomed.

The (c. Helen Mason, 2009) End

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Amanda said...

I've had to prove that pictures I've taken were my own when trying to get prints at a certain store because they looked "too professional." Now I watermark them all for fun, then show up and sign the photo release with the same name on the watermark and their snottiness instantly disappears. It's a great sport when I feel like messing with someone.

Helen said...

Whenever I'm illegally printing copyrighted photos, I just upload them to Kodak.

Carol said...

Oh! So now at last your mother can MAKE you do something??? I like this; can't wait until you get back to Washington State.

C Mike said...

Hmmmph! My whining and sleuthing is actually what caused these photos to be posted.