Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Comic Books and Copyright

Copyright is a PDF comic book published by the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property and the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2001 in Peru. Written and drawn by Juan Acevedo, it's a simplified primer to the benefits of copyright aimed at musicians and artists concerned about making a living off of their work. The comic likens copyright infringement to stealing a car, addresses authorship, and glosses over copyright renewal. Stephen Downes describes the comic as the party line: "Some days I wish I had access to the same propaganda machine to get the other side of the story out." Indeed. I had to chuckle when the parrot squawked "Copyrike!"

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