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Brand Name Bullies

The Quest to Own and Control Culture

Book - 2005
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An impassioned, darkly amusing look at how corporations misuse copyright law to stifle creativity and free speech

If you want to make fun of Mickey or Barbie on your Web site, you may be hearing from some corporate lawyers. You should also think twice about calling something ""fair and balanced"" or publicly using Martin Luther King Jr.'s ""I Have a Dream"" speech. It may be illegal. Or it may be entirely legal, but the distinction doesn't matter if you can't afford a lawyer. More and more, corporations are grabbing and asserting rights over every idea and creation in our world, regardless of the law's intent or the public interest. But beyond the humorous absurdity of all this, there lies a darker problem, as David Bollier shows in this important new book. Lawsuits and legal bullying clearly prevent the creation of legitimate new software, new art and music, new literature, new businesses, and worst of all, new scientific and medical research.

David Bollier (Amherst, MA) is cofounder of Public Knowledge and Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center, USC Annenberg School for Communication. His books include Silent Theft.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2005
ISBN: 9780471679271
Branch Call Number: 306.0973 B69b
Characteristics: x, 309 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Dec 05, 2005

Author Bollier writes entertainingly of the ridiculous lengths to which corporate copyright owners are going, stifling free expression and creativity in the name of ownership. Ralph Lauren''s control over the term Polo prohibits the US Polo Association from using the word. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) demands that summer camps -- including those operated by the Girl Scouts -- pay royalties for the campfire songs they sing. McDonald''s seeks world control of Mc, (McSushi and McVegan were shut down by the company). This book is an eye-opener and a fascinating look at corporate America.

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