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The Copyright Code, in Verse

To those who say the law inhibits artistic creativity, I say, "Pooh!" Consider the evidence presented by the blogosphere. There was, for example, the legal ethicist who turned to writing haiku. Perhaps it was he who inspired another to pen a haiku introduction to open access. Beyond poetry, there is the law professor's dramatic readings of the Internal Revenue Code.

Now I present to you the U.S. copyright code, in verse. This ambitious ode to American IP law comes from an Israeli Internet professional and game designer, Yehuda Berlinger. Here, for example, is his poetic interpretation of fair use:

Despite all of these rights
All people can reproduce
To report, criticise, or teach
Because that is fair use

Artistic achievements aside, the poet cautions:

But I'm not a lawyer
Don't rely just on me
Go find one to ask,
Better yet, two or three

As reviews of Berlinger's poetic achievement come in from around the blogosphere, Dennis Kennedy at Between Lawyers offers his in a verse of his own:

You can do a lot worse
than learning copyright by verse,
but please be sure to think twice
before acting without a lawyer's advice

Of all the comments, I favor that of Peter Suber, the very person who authored the open-source haiku. He notes of Berlinger's ode: "It could be verse."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on July 13, 2006 at 01:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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