[WikiEN-l] Getting rid of bad fair use

Sean Barrett sean at epoptic.com
Mon May 22 19:52:26 UTC 2006

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Stan Shebs stated for the record:

> *Still* not off the hook! The copyright covers any sort of
> depiction of the character, irrespective of the mechanics of
> production. For instance, a Han Solo action figure is not an
> exact reproduction of any screenshot from the movie, but it
> can only be legally sold under license from the moviemaker. Ditto
> for 3D meshes and textures ending up in a Star Wars-themed video
> game. As I said in another message, the pros at this are wise to
> all kinds of trickery, and there is case law for a remarkable
> variety of attempts to find loopholes.
> Stan

Oh, Stan, you are such a pessimist!  Surely you're not saying that five
minutes of reasonably clever thought isn't enough to make corporations
spending billions of dollars on thousands of lawyers smack themselves in
the corporate forehead and shout "D'oh!"

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