Copy What?

Posted on Sep 07, 2008. 9 comments

I am so tired of reading about copyright. Particularly from those whose application of copyright is so full of fervor that we'll all have no books to read nor music to listen to because the pages and notes have been copyrighted by some previous pendant. I found the ideas in Fahrenheit 451 utterly horrifying, but if we keep up this irrationality of copyright going that's where we're headed.
An example? Newton and Leibniz developed Calculus notation at the same time, but in different locations. Newton didn't get all indigent and prevent future physicists from using F=ma did he? Imagine our world if he kept his intellectual property to himself, because he was concerned someone would violate his copyright. (I would like to reserve some special sentiment for the inventor of Statistical Mechanics, very similar words as "Thank You" however the first word varies a little with time). After four years of rigorous and exhaustive work to become a degreed physicist, and five as a graduate student I can personally attest to the beauty of mathematics and nature. And I'm glad I can share my knowledge and that that knowledge was shared with me without infringing on the intellectual heavy hitters. I surely didn't have money to pay their heirs royalties for that education.
In Knitting
I get so pissed off when I read people stating as fact that one mustn't gather ideas from other knitting. For years before patterns were widely available knitting was passed down through practice. Shall we return to those European countries in our time machine and sue the second person who knit a shetland lace sampler? Or an icelandic sweater? Or knit in the round? Let's not loose valuable techniques because we're consumed about paranoia about violating copyright. I am in no way advocating outright theft. When you write a pattern, document it with photographs and publish it is your copyrighted property. Do not steal that which belongs to others. But at the same time don't be a tyrant with ideas. We all live with the Collective Unconscious just like Newton and Leibniz.

Be conservative in what you do; be liberal in what you accept from others


  • Posted by La on Sep 08, 2008

    oh! and the One Billlllllllion Dollars is to be said with a pinky. There, now I owe Mike Meyers (pinky) One BILLLION dollars. Ooooof! I did it again…

  • Posted by Roberta on Sep 08, 2008

    ..u .r. s….!
    (If I could say more, I would, but all the other letters have been copy written. This is all I could afford to reply.)

  • Posted by j. on Sep 07, 2008

    Nah, Newton just got all indignant and accused L. of plagiarism.
    Imagine if the same thing happened between Darwin and Wallace! We’d still be flouncing in the trees!

  • Posted by Miriam on Sep 07, 2008

    I’ve had people come with “grave concern” to me in e-mails about how they saw this other shawl and it uses the same STITCH PATTERN! and OMG, don’t I just want to go sue the pants off the other designer!?
    I tell them “Thanks so much for your concern for my copyright, but this pattern is a common pattern from XXX stitch dictionary on page XXX. While stitch patterns are not copyrighted, the textual and charted instructions in order to complete them are, and since my charts have not been copied, this is not a violation.”
    Very polite, but SERIOUSLY!

  • Posted by La on Sep 08, 2008

    I’ve copyrighted the word Fuck, so Andria owes me one BILLLION dollars. Pay up hoar!
    Michelle, you should SO copyright "I’m just sayin’ "

  • Posted by Carrie K on Sep 07, 2008

    I’m copyrighting the use of the vowels a and u. You’re on notice.

  • Posted by marri on Sep 07, 2008

    hear hear here here!

  • Posted by Andria on Sep 07, 2008

    You’ve used letters of the alphabet, all of which I’ve copyrighted. That will be eleventy billion dollars, please. I’m going to hold your kid as collateral until you pay it. BECAUSE THIS IS SERIOUS FUCKING BUSINESS!!!!

  • Posted by Lori on Sep 07, 2008

    ahhh… F=ma.
    As for knitting… I choose to copy you. But I at least let you know.:)

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