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Captain Copyright v. The Corruptibles

posted by:Natalie Senst // 09:14 AM // June 14, 2006 // Commentary &/or random thoughts

Access Copyright's Captain Copyright comic seems to have been designed with the intention to teach kids about the dangers of copyright infringement - school boards in Vancouver, Richmond and Halton (Ontario) began linking (only Richmond still has a link up). Then links were made to the site that treated the little comic not so favourably. Contractual issues have ensued over linking policy, with repeated revisions by Access Copyright to their terms for linking to the comic, leaving others confused about what obligations are created for the person providing links to another's website (for more on this, see Michael Geist).

This issue aside, I would like to bring up The Corruptibles - the brainchild comic of EFF (its focus on American copyright issues aside). In my view, this is quite an interesting circumvention of the entire legal uprise over linking rights. The EFF has made a point of showing "superheroes" as something similar to wolves in sheep clothing, particularly when it comes to the assertion of copyright (funny how similar that "Corruptible" logo looks to a Copyright logo!). Viewing both these comic creations together puts some perspective to the good "Captain" without having to link to him directly, and is possibly an even stronger message of warning (oh the joys of interactive cartoons!). But perhaps if school boards provide a link to Captain Copyright beside a link to The Corruptibles, this proximity between links may become the subject of another term up for discussion in the legality of linking.

Here's hoping the artistic creativity of EFF will be appreciated, and provide a good dose of skepticism when classifying "superheroes" from now on (at least when it comes to copyright).


What I like about the Corruptibles flick is its emphasis on the potential of the new provisions to suck the air out of our "intellectual breathing space" (to use the apt metaphor that Alex Cameron provides in his last IDTrailMix post) -- encapsulated in the fact that, in the movie, the girl at her computer is prevented from composing an essay entitled "Why Everybody Is Super."

Posted by: David Matheson at June 14, 2006 10:41 AM

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