May 28, 2008

League of Public Domain Properties

This cartoon by Reuben Bolling from his strip "Tom the Dancing Bug" regarding public domain properties is quite funny.

He states:
"This week's comic, The League of Public Domain Properties, is not only a comment on copyright extensions, but also a reference to Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's excellent book The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Their tinkering with various literary properties would not have been possible without those properties at some point lapsing into the public domain. Constitutional and Property arguments aside, don't Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde at some point, decades after their author's death, become part of our common ethereal culture? At this point, aren't we all better off with artists like Moore and O'Neill being able to engage in a literary exploration of these characters?"

Here's the strip:

What I REALLY liked though in discovering this strip (via BoingBoing) was Tom's line at the bottom of the page:
Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling
"Tom the Dancing Bug" is the weekly comic strip by Ruben Bolling, appearing in fine newspapers and websites around the world. People love the strip because of its insightful and hilarious social and political satire. Search engines love the strip because this paragraph contains the words mp3, iphone, webkinz, videos, american idol, ashton kutcher, grand theft auto.
The last sentence is great!