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Thursday, June 16, 2005

This Cake has been Copyrighted

Now here's something new. You know when you go into Dairy Queen and you see frosted images on cakes with Winnie the Pooh or some favorite cartoon/movie character? Well it seems like that's copyright infringement.

There's something wrong with the world when you can't even create your own edible images because you're infringing copyright. Seriously, who is this harming? I can see it now. "Frosted Images hurt the artists, the voiceactors and many other hardworking people in our movie industry. Every time you eat Aladdin, you are destroying someone's livelihood."

First of all, disappointing children is a lousy tactic for a media company. If a child loves Nemo so much she wants a clownfish birthday cake, it's hard to see the upside in preventing her from advertising that affection to her friends. Second, and more worryingly, this is the very sort of chilling effect that has always been recognized as a significant risk in First Amendment protections. How cool would it be to do a drawing with your kid and have it show up as a cake the next day? Well forget it.

There's a more indepth article after the link.