Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Link roundup

1. A few weeks ago Andy Baio mentioned that he'd reluctantly settled for $30,000 a lawsuit in which he was accused of using a photographer's intellectual property. I mentioned at the time, without explaining my reasoning, that I thought he'd indeed stolen the photographer's intellectual property. Well, this post does an excellent job explaining why.

But that's really only half the story. Predictably, internet users angered by the photographer's attempt to protect his intellectual property attacked the photographer both in cyberspace and in the real world. This is a fascinating summary of what occurred. There's a bit of commentary on that post here (make sure to read the "featured comments"). (And from that same site, here's some great photographs). Via.

2. "Hypoallergenic dogs don't actually produce fewer allergy-provoking proteins than other dogs, say researchers who put the claims to the test." Via.

3. Some snails not only survive being eaten and digested by birds, but actually use the experience as a means of travel. Via.

1 comment:

  1. I feel sorry for Baio, but he was absolutely in the wrong. As soon as I started reading his defense the words "derivative work" popped into my head. Fair use is greatly misunderstood. I am constantly having to explain to clients that we can NOT just scan a photo out of a magazine or pull something off the web without permission and payment (them believing fair use covers the usage).
    I took a copyright law class in school, and that absolutely be something that every artist and designer should research when using another's art for "inspiration."