Cartoon: Copyright Vs. Shakespeare
This cartoon was inspired by a Huffington Post article by Jennifer Jenkins, in which she quoted Judge Richard Posner:
What happens if these underlying sources are copyrighted? As Judge Richard Posner pointed out, “Romeo and Juliet itself would have infringed Arthur Brooke’s The Tragicall Historye of Romeo and Juliet… which in turn would have infringed several earlier Romeo and Juliets, all of which probably would have infringed Ovid’s story of Pyramus and Thisbe.” You get the point — without a rich public domain, much of literature would be illegal.
Many thanks to Mandolin, AKA Rachel Swirsky, who co-wrote this strip. This is the second “Ampersand” strip Mandolin has co-written; the previous one was The Church of Fiscal Conservatism.
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