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Captain Copyright Expires

Xenographic (557057) writes | more than 7 years ago

User Journal 114

The Canadian superhero Captain Copyright has finally expired, not due to pirates, but because "the current climate around copyright issues will not allow a project like this one to be successful." The cartoon was intended to provide an education in copyright law for children, but it became a focus for criticism when even the Canadian Library Association condemned it for lacking of balance in how it ignored issues like Fair Dealing (Canada's v

The Canadian superhero Captain Copyright has finally expired, not due to pirates, but because "the current climate around copyright issues will not allow a project like this one to be successful." The cartoon was intended to provide an education in copyright law for children, but it became a focus for criticism when even the Canadian Library Association condemned it for lacking of balance in how it ignored issues like Fair Dealing (Canada's version of Fair Use). Personally, I was hoping we'd see them get sued by DC & Marvel, who claim to own the trademark on the word superhero and vanish in a puff of logic.

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114 comments

So... (5, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004332)

So, Captain copyright is dead.

Is it 85 years after death that his copyright expires and we can create our own free version of him?

Only 84 years 11 months and 3 weeks to go...

Re:So... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18004394)

They will bring him back 8 different times...just like superman.

I wonder... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18004424)

If anyone will make a spoof of him where he gets killed by pirates? :-)

Re:I wonder... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18004452)

Killed by Captain Crunch, much better!

Y'arghh!

Re:So... (2, Funny)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004530)

Is it 85 years after death that his copyright expires and we can create our own free version of him?


I probably shouldn't mention this... but Disney is working on a direct-to-DVD presentation of Captain Copyright. The upshot is that you'll never get your chance.

Re:So... (2, Funny)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004542)

Don't worry. I have a bunch of copies of him.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18004974)

Fortunately, "fair dealing" grants certain limitations on copyright including the right to use material for the purposes of scholarly criticism, education in certain contexts, parody, etc., so there are some things we have a right to now that would not constitute copyright infringement, and for which we don't have to wait [insert arbitrarily lengthy number here] years to exercise.

Of course, no child who read the Captain Copyright comics would know that, hence the problem.

Re:So... (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 7 years ago | (#18006442)

How many years before we're allowed to link to the old site without permission?

Wait, they "reserved" that right, yet no such right exists? Brilliant start for an educational program about rights.

Re:So... (2, Insightful)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 7 years ago | (#18007652)

Brilliant start for an educational program about rights.

Well there's your first mistake -- it's not "educational," it's brainwashing.

Re:So... (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 7 years ago | (#18008030)

Nah you get around that by creating a similar but different character. My proposals:
1) Captain Constipation. (Copyright laws do that to me)
2) Captain DRM...and the 5 year prison sentence.
3) Capital Punishment (for anything creative)
4) General 'Your mom owes us $5000 for singing happy birthday to you this year alone'

Captain Copyright my left nut.

Re:So... (1)

SamSim (630795) | more than 7 years ago | (#18009868)

Is it 85 years after death that his copyright expires and we can create our own free version of him?

I'm pretty sure the creator of Captain Copyright is still alive, so, no.

Besides, it's surely just a publicity stunt. Remember that time they killed Superman? He was back within a matter of months.

Re:So... (1)

macdaddy357 (582412) | more than 7 years ago | (#18010898)

The first mistake they made was calling him "captain". Only heroes get to be called that. Super villains are always called "doctor". In the new version, The diabolical Doctor Copyright locks up ideas as property, stealing them from the public domain so no one but he and his already outrageously rich corporate cronies can use them, and profit from them. Here is a lime the first issue... Fools! All these ideas are now my "intellectual property". If you want to see these pictures, hear these songs or read these writings you will have to pay, and pay dearly! Mwah hah ha hah! That will be an accurate comic about the nature of copyright.

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mod -1 Pedantic (4, Insightful)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004360)

Personally, I was hoping we'd see them get sued by DC & Marvel, who claim to own the trademark on the word "superhero", and vanish in a puff of logic.
Given the facts that A) copyrights and trademarks rights are different things, and B) the word "superhero" doesn't appear anywhere in the name "Captain Copyright", I don't think there'd be much chance of that.

Not a SUPER-hero anyway (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18004474)

Did Captain Copyright even have "super powers", or was he just a muscular and dandily-attired dude who took it upon himself to educate kids? Even if you can't use the term "super hero", which probably shouldn't apply in this case, there's always the term "masked adventurers" a la Watchmen [amazon.com] .

Re:Not a SUPER-hero anyway (1)

bky1701 (979071) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004888)

He had the power to grab IPs from torrents send baseless cease and desists to your ISP, then again, so does everyone else.

Re:Not a SUPER-hero anyway (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004900)

Even if you can't use the term "super hero", which probably shouldn't apply in this case, there's always the term "masked adventurers" a la Watchmen.

Or the classic "mystery men" (a term which goes back at least to the 1930s [comicartville.com] ).

Re:Not a SUPER-hero anyway (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18005074)

Mild-mannered Mark Trade was your average corporate shill from Krypton born with a mutant x-factor until one day he was bit by a radioactive spider that had touched some mutagen ooze which had been exposed to gamma rays while in outerspace.

His superpowers are irony, the ability to set off kids' bullshit detectors without even having to say anything, and the ability to incapacitate pirates by forcing them to laugh uncontrollably.

Re:Not a SUPER-hero anyway (1)

Tim C (15259) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005112)

Did Captain Copyright even have "super powers", or was he just a muscular and dandily-attired dude

You mean like Batman? He always gets called a superhero too, despite not having any super powers that I'm aware of.

What makes Batman so super (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005856)

You mean like Batman? He always gets called a superhero too, despite not having any super powers that I'm aware of.
Like his super mind and super determination?

Re:Not a SUPER-hero anyway (2, Funny)

PuercoPop (1007467) | more than 7 years ago | (#18006038)

Yeah he has, his super wallet. :=)

Re:Not a SUPER-hero anyway (2, Funny)

cpt kangarooski (3773) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005240)

I bet he wasn't a captain either.

Re:Not a SUPER-hero anyway (1)

alx5000 (896642) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005930)

He had the power to offer you an out of court settlement...

Slashdot is full of idiots (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 7 years ago | (#18009666)

Didn't any of you motherfuckers read the title of the parent post? It says to mod it -1 Pedantic, yet you stupid fucking cunts all modded it +1 Insightful. CAN'T YOU EVEN READ??!!? What kind of smegging nerds are you miscreants, anyway?

It coulda been really deviant (4, Funny)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004398)

It said they were training kids at grade 1. LOL. What are they going to brain wash them with? "Remember kids, even your parents can't be trusted. If you suspect your mom or dad to be illegally using music or software, call 911 and report them."

Re:It coulda been really deviant (4, Funny)

purpledinoz (573045) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004484)

Anyone ever see that children's educational music video, "Don't Copy That Floppy", where this rapper does this whole rap about software piracy? That video is hilarious. It's on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afuc8TmU2Rg [youtube.com] .

Re:It coulda been really deviant (4, Funny)

binarybum (468664) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004860)

holy crap - there's more FUD in that video than a whole generation of parents warning about hairy palms.

        I wonder if to this day those programmers are dropping casual references to their appearance in a "rap video" in attempt to get laid. I probably would.

Re:It coulda been really deviant (3, Funny)

Firehed (942385) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005146)

Holy crap... I'd take the world's hairiest palms in order to not have to sit through that whole video. By three minutes in, I was almost ready to pour my scalding beverage all over myself to make it end (thankfully, I remembered that back button).

Although come to think of it, if all that it takes to absolve myself of any potential guilt about software piracy is mastu... 3) Profit!

Re:It coulda been really deviant (1)

xero314 (722674) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005406)

there's more FUD in that video than a whole generation of parents warning about hairy palms.
Ok as funny as the video is I'm curious what FUD is in it.

Re:It coulda been really deviant (0)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005604)

"Ok as funny as the video is I'm curious what FUD is in it."

In this day and age ... copying a floppy ???

Most new computers don't even have floppy drives ... and wouldn't run the games that came off floppies.

Most games make the majority of their money in the first few months ... after that, they're "binned" - sold at a heavy discount. I've bought "binned" games for $2-$5 (new, still in box, original CD and manuals) - there is no way that the original game programmers were getting any money from those deals.

Re:It coulda been really deviant (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 7 years ago | (#18006450)

The video isn't new. At the time, ALL games came on floppies. So again... What FUD?

I haven't seen the video in years, and I refuse to subject myself to it again, and there may very well be tons of FUD in it. The floppy bit is NOT the FUD.

Re:It coulda been really deviant (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18006902)

The idea behind the original "don't copy that floppy" campaign (and also stated on the video) was that software piracy prevented the development of future versions.

The fact is (and history has borne this out) that software piracy allowed pirated software to gain mind- and market-share at the expense of software that came with excessive copy protection that prevented piracy.

So the whole campaign was FUD.

Re:It coulda been really deviant (1)

heinousjay (683506) | more than 7 years ago | (#18008426)

Nothing has ever borne such a theory out. There are no hard facts to back it up. No measurements exist with demonstrate this. It's just one more opinion stinking on the heap of opinions about copying things from other people.

This is a war fought on both sides by greedy people who want what the other side says they have no right to, and neither side has yet made an objective case as to why they are right. It's like watching three year olds fight over the fire truck.

Re:It coulda been really deviant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18008688)

The FUD was that the kids were just going to place-shift (term?) the software to their home computer, and the industry is making out that they were going to setup an 80's pre-Napster ultra sneakernet to distribute the software to any and all gamers around the world. If they had done that ad in modern times it would have made more sense, but its not like in the 80's they had BT where thousands of people all around the globe are copying your shit.

Re:It coulda been really deviant (1)

hany (3601) | more than 7 years ago | (#18009102)

I assume you mean something like Piracy Built the Romanian IT Industry [slashdot.org] . Same theme IMO applies also to other countries with some differences as to the exact amount of piracy, the time it happened, the result it made, etc.

Maybe the video in question was not FUD at the time it was created. Creators did not know yet what the piracy will lead to so maybe they honestly believed that piracy is destroying the future. But now we know, based on what we see around us and also based on multiple studies and articles about "software ...", "music ..." and "video piracy".

(I put "piracy" in quotes because some argue that copying mentioned material is not piracy as per dictionary definitions - see multiple debates for example here on ./ - given the controversy over various other language abuses, like cracker/hacker, idiot/mentaly chalanged, ... I'm not decided yet but I'm sympathetic to such "language purism").

Re:It coulda been really deviant (3, Funny)

dwandy (907337) | more than 7 years ago | (#18006186)

so ... when the kid says "hey, who are you and what are you doing on my computer?" , was I the only one who thought, Sony? is that you?

Re:It coulda been really deviant (3, Interesting)

skoaldipper (752281) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004678)

Do we really need such battlegrounds fought in schools anyways? What ever happened to just the basics like Math, Reading, and History? We try to indoctrinate so much into these little heads at such an early age. Every time I hear of some new curriculum added by a school board, I'm reminded of what future generations of our children will look like [70disco.com] .

Re:It coulda been really deviant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18005744)

I think the general belief was that it would be easier to teach children about copyright than it would be adults. So yes, in a way, it is brainwashing. The point of these educational programs though, was to try and show the kids why piracy is bad. The Canadian Government felt it was better to try to teach children, than crack down on pirates with arrests and legal battles and harsher punishments.

Re:It coulda been really deviant (1)

sokoban (142301) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005878)

"Remember kids, even your parents can't be trusted. If you suspect your mom or dad to be illegally using music or software, call 911 and report them."
You mean, like what DARE teaches kids in the United States.

Re: God Spoke to Me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18006854)

Sorry to burst your bubble. I'm not going to tell you that you're mad; you're not. However, your experience was a special case of a larger phenomenon. That of synchronicity.

Our minds order the world. Rather. The world meets our minds halfway. The world is full of patterns, and we pattern the world as we go about our everyday business. Thus spirituality is often orthodox for the culture, but rarely outside the culture, even though cultures differ as to was is considered to be true.

In Mexico, you'd most likely have experienced the "Decent of the Great Spirit", if you hadn't filtered it out. Truth is meta to all of this. The truth is that the mind and the universe interact, as we also influence one another. Sometimes we find a deeper truth than the mere affirmation of our own culture's religious pattern, such as the universality of such pattern.

See if you can go beyond a single book. I have a friend who swears by the infallibility of the I Ching. The truth is not in the books, but (in some sense) between them.

Sad news ... Captain Copyright is dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18004430)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - stalwart champion of the free market Captain Copyright was found dead in his Ontario home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't agree with his point of view, there's no denying his contributions to corporate culture. Truly a Canadian icon.

MOD FUNNY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18004664)

Finally a funny spin on the stupid troll.

*Gasp* (5, Insightful)

HerrEkberg (971000) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004440)

Who will now protect us from the evil Dr. Copyleft?!

Re:*Gasp* (1)

Frequently_Asked_Ans (1063654) | more than 7 years ago | (#18006292)

It think its "Captain Copyright's" side kid "DRM Lad" we have to worry about

Re:*Gasp* (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 7 years ago | (#18009690)

Do not fear! After an unadvised fling with blonde temptress Goldie Gold-digger, DRM Lad develops a nasty cocaine habit and blows all his money on gold-plated copy-protected CDs. Eventually he is found in a ditch choked to death on his own encryption scheme.

Quick question (1)

QueePWNzor (1044224) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004448)

Where's "Captain Put-"Haha"-Descriptor Man"?

A fancy way of saying... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18004466)

Captain Copyright expired when a melting glacier fell on him.

Yet another Canadian superhero suffering from copyright climate change. Can you still deny the truth after this?

His wife... (5, Funny)

markbt73 (1032962) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004528)

...Tenille Copyright, is said to be inconsolable. And they thought love would keep them together. The fools.

I trademarked All Of The Above (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004568)

back when I was a college student in Canada. And still have first editions of many Canadian comix from the 80s that friends of mine published.

Remember when patents and copyrights only lasted a reasonable amount of time? I do.

Re:I trademarked All Of The Above (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18004660)

But trademarks still only last as long as they are actively used.

Re:I trademarked All Of The Above (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 7 years ago | (#18007728)

Wow, my hat is off to you sir. To be at least 98 years old and to be posting on slashdot, you sir are truly a geek.

Captain Copyright Farewell Message (5, Informative)

Apple Acolyte (517892) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004570)

http://www.captaincopyright.ca/ [captaincopyright.ca]

In August 2006, we took the Captain Copyright website offline so that we could revise its content in response to the criticisms the site had received. We worked extensively on revising the original lessons and we commissioned someone with expertise on the creation of educational materials to prepare new lessons on the Creative Commons, fair dealing and the public domain. We also sought the assistance of an advisory panel of educators and copyright experts with a range of perspectives on copyright, and every lesson was submitted to them for rigorous review. We then incorporated their revisions to the lessons so that they could be thoroughly teacher-tested.

Despite the significant progress we made on addressing the concerns raised about the original Captain Copyright initiative, as well as the positive feedback and requests for literally hundreds of lesson kits from teachers and librarians, we have come to the conclusion that the current climate around copyright issues will not allow a project like this one to be successful. It is difficult for organizations to reach agreement on copyright issues at this time and we know that, in the face of continuing opposition, the materials will not be used in the classroom. Under these circumstances there is no point in our continuing to work on this project.

We began this project because teachers told us that copyright had become too much a part of their students' daily lives for it not to be taught in the classroom, and they told us they needed a teaching tool to help them do it. We still believe that creating such a tool is important, but we also now believe that no single organization can take the lead on such an initiative. We truly hope that there will come a time when the copyright community - including educators, librarians and copyright collectives - can work together to provide a unbiased teaching tool that provides teachers and students with a balanced view of copyright.

Re:Captain Copyright Farewell Message (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005058)

Balanced view of copyright: it's evil but a bunch of people have gotten rich and powerful from it, so now we can't get rid of it.

Re:Captain Copyright Farewell Message (3, Interesting)

Adambomb (118938) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005354)

as well as the positive feedback and requests for literally hundreds of lesson kits from teachers and librarians
See, now I know we canadians are small in terms of demographics, but I do not see how one could be so pleased about "literally hundreds" of lesson kits. How many primary and secondary educational instutitions do we have in canada again?

Re:Captain Copyright Farewell Message (4, Insightful)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005724)

They're talking about the very few retards who swallowed their bullshit. Smart people read this instead. [duke.edu]

Re:Captain Copyright Farewell Message (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18005356)

While I'm ordinarily willing to give people the benefit of the doubt, and I must say it is great to see the feedback acknowledged, I'm a little disappointed they did not pursue this worthy goal further. It *is* worthwhile to get educational materials to teachers and students about the nature of copyright, and providing a balanced presentation is really important. The initial version didn't have that, which is an acknowledged problem. It missed the mark by a wide margin. I give full credit for being honest about the existence of the problem. They say they worked on a fix, and I'm sure it is a big challenge to get all the interests to agree on how to do it. It is no small task to make complicated legal issues comprehensible.

But I can't help wondering if some interests involved in the original version simply didn't want to fund or otherwise support a balanced presentation about copyright.

Re:Captain Copyright Farewell Message (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005598)

Assuming, of course, that you beleive copyright should have anything to do with consumers. I'm of the opinion that little Billy shouldn't need to be educated as to what he is free to copy and what he isn't free to copy because everyone should be free to copy anything, and copyright should only apply to people who are selling copies. So, just like little Billy doesn't need to be taught the legality of insider trading, little Billy shouldn't need to be taught the legality of copyright.

Re:Captain Copyright Farewell Message (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18009944)

Yeah, but that's a question about changing the whole principle behind copyright (e.g., pushing it only into the commercial realm). I'm talking about educating people about the way things currently *are*. People can't effectively start pushing for change in the whole system if they don't understand the sometimes bad implications of the current one, and even if copyright were arranged as you wish, there would still be a need to educate people about where the line between infringing and non-infringing copying is (what counts as commercial is not always clear-cut).

Little Billy isn't likely to have a stock portfolio. He is likely to be copying things, and why not try to educate what's technically allowed and what isn't? Without turning them into little lawyers, I think that is worthwhile. At the very least, it would be useful to have a resource for teachers so *they* understand the limits.

The issue of copyright also cuts both ways: little Billy is *making* things of his own, and should know what rights he does and does not have with regards to his own work. It will avoid the crazy, overprotective situations we see later on when people threaten to sue others for merely quoting them for the purposes of criticism (an allowed use).

I'm not suggesting kids be taught the intricate details of law, just some basic guidelines. Especially because the message from the "content owners" is ordinarily SO one-sided, I think this is needed.

Look, in Canada, plenty of people don't even know they are paying a large levy on blank CDs, and that, implicitly (and upheld by case law), it grants certain rights to use copyrighted works. Little Billy might like to know that, actually, downloading music from any source is *legal* in Canada, but making it available for download for free without the permission of the copyright holders isn't.

Re:Captain Copyright Farewell Message (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18005844)

and you just violated copyright yourself, dumbass.

So what you're saying is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18004576)

The climate was too hot for Captain copyright?

Now is the time to strike back! (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004614)

Quick, someone put together a super hero to defend the public domain, fair use, and/or call for the outright abolishment of copyright.
 

Re:Now is the time to strike back! (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004738)

Quick, someone put together a super hero to defend the public domain, fair use, and/or call for the outright abolishment of copyright.
I already did.* I called him Captain Copyright. But because I didn't claim any trademark rights and donated the character to the public domain, this outfit was able to use him for their own purposes instead.

*(OK, I didn't really. But it makes for an ironic example of how things would suck without copyrights and trademark rights. They can be used for good as well as for evil.)

Re:Now is the time to strike back! (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004760)

They can be used for good as well as for evil.
It's called freedom.

Re:Now is the time to strike back! (1)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 7 years ago | (#18006058)

Quick, someone put together a super hero to defend the public domain, fair use, and/or call for the outright abolishment of copyright.

"Captain Sensibility" doesn't have quite the same ring to it, though.

Re:Now is the time to strike back! (1)

quanticle (843097) | more than 7 years ago | (#18006908)

I think someone already has [duke.edu] .

Tagging beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18004632)

should be renamed to Peanut Gallery (beta)...this one will definitely be "haha"

FYI on superhero trademark (4, Interesting)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004670)

A friend was curious and checked it out. Marvel never trademarked the term "superhero". That was ten years ago so it might have changed since. Each of their characters are trademarked but not the term in any fashion. It's debateable if the term can be in of itself be trademarked at this point. He was trademarking some things at the time and I know he was tempted to establish a "Superhero" trademark but it would mostly be a logo trademark.

Re:FYI on superhero trademark (3, Informative)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004976)

DC and Marvel filed a joint trademark registration (#73222079) on "super heroes" back in 1979, when a toy manufacturer produced a line of licensed action figures featuring both of their characters. DC has a registration for "Legion of Super Heroes" (their long-running team series), and Marvel has registered "Marvel Super Heroes". One or the other publisher periodically issues a cease-and-desist to people who they feel are infringing on one of these trademarks, and this is why (for example) Malibu Comics instead called their specially-powered characters "ultras".

As far as I know, the trademark has never been challenged/defended in court. If it were, it's hard to say whether it's become generic enough to go public-domain like "refrigerator" and "aspirin", or if it'd cling to proprietarity like "Xerox"® and "Band-Aid"®. But it is on the books.

Re:FYI on superhero trademark (1)

cpt kangarooski (3773) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005294)

XEROX is just barely hanging on there, and Xerox has to do a lot of work all the time just to avoid genericide. Personally, I wouldn't bet a penny on SUPERHERO having any distinctiveness. And the evidence gathering for that would probably be loads of fun.

Re:FYI on superhero trademark (1)

ampathee (682788) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005764)

"refrigerator" was/is a brand-name?

His wikipedia page is a good read (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18004698)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Copyright [wikipedia.org]

It details all of his various "adventures", including stealing (that is what they want us to call it isn't it?) content from wikipedia and breaking the licensing terms by not providing a source. Also the pesky little scamp attempted to tell us that we were "not permitted to copy or cut from any page or its HTML source code to the Windows [TM] clipboard (or equivalent on other platforms) onto any other website." - what a wonderful place the web would be if we all followed the rules of the captain.

May he rest in hypocritical peace - or is that phrase copyright someone?

itsabirditsaplaneitstheriaa (2, Funny)

bky1701 (979071) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004708)

Come on, you know you wanna. ;)

Re:itsabirditsaplaneitstheriaa (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#18007084)

Thanks for that! That tag made me laugh for a good five minutes straight, and totally brightened an otherwise unremarkable evening.

Bah! Don't you read comics? (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004772)

Did we see a body? NO! This is comics, so it guarantees that, a year or several down the line, a new writer will bring Captain Copyright back, revealing that his death was faked, surprising allies and enemies alike with his return to glory!

Even if there were a body, all it means is they'd wait six months and pass the identity on to a new, teenage Captain Copyright, whose only link with the original is the name and the costume's color scheme -- and, of course, the same villains will show up, gunning for the All-New Captain Copyright.

Re:Bah! Don't you read comics? (1)

Garse Janacek (554329) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004988)

Pfft! Even a body means nothing. The dead body could still have been a clone, for example, or a robot, or from an alternate timeline / dimension, or even a real dead body could be resurrected with alien technology... or all of the above.

Superheroes don't die, their books just go on hiatus...

Re:Bah! Don't you read comics? (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005328)

Yeah. In comics, death is the least permanant injury.

Re:Bah! Don't you read comics? (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005798)

Look, you stupid Bastard. You've got no arms left.

Captain Copyright: Yes I have.

*Look*!

Captain Copyright: It's just a flesh wound.

If they had their way, in Soviet Canukistan, Captain Copyright would expire YOU! Unfortunately the Wayback Machine doesn't have a copy ... only in Canada you say? Pity ...

Re:Bah! Don't you read comics? (1)

Phisbut (761268) | more than 7 years ago | (#18007570)

Even a body means nothing. The dead body could still have been a clone

But isn't a clone pure copyright infringement of my DNA sequence?

Re:Bah! Don't you read comics? (1)

Garse Janacek (554329) | more than 7 years ago | (#18008276)

No, you can't copyright a DNA sequence, as it's not something you explicitly created.

Patenting's all good, though :-P

Gee, that would be good. An X-Men storyline about the patent litigation following Jean Grey's next resurrection...

"I was hoping we'd see them get sued..." (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004800)

Something about sharks and professional courtesy come to mind...

Canada's Librarians are Heroes (1)

mewsenews (251487) | more than 7 years ago | (#18004844)

They've been fighting for citizen privacy also with the authorities wanting to check library records..

Netcraft now confirms: Captain Copyright is dying (4, Funny)

Spazntwich (208070) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005020)

It is official; Netcraft now confirms: Captain Copyright is dying


One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered Captain Copyright community when IDC confirmed that Captain Copyright market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming close on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that Captain Copyright has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. Captain Copyright is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.


You don't need to be a Kreskin to predict Captain Copyright's future. The hand writing is on the wall: Captain Copyright faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for Captain Copyright because he is dying. Things are looking very bad for Captain Copyright. As many of us are already aware, Captain Copyright continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

Think of the Children! (1)

DumbSwede (521261) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005352)

But, but, but... without Captain Copyright who will step forward to encourage 1st graders to turn their parents in for Copyright violation and pirating!?!?

Did they ever get to part 2? (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005374)

I'm sure the story ended on a cliffhanger. Or am I getting confused here? Does anyone have a copyright infringing mirror of this?

Completely gone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18005476)

From the Wayback Machine [archive.org] :

  0 pages found for http://captaincopyright.ca/ [captaincopyright.ca]

Not dead but ... (1)

Macka (9388) | more than 7 years ago | (#18005508)


struck down by his evil undead nemesis Rictus Stalemate, a Greater Power Lich with a hideous visage and devious mind.

Kitschy Headlines (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18005544)

Can we stop with the sensationalistic and 'catchy' (read misleading) headlines on Slashdot? ..it's starting to feel a bit like Digg around here. Next step will be the OB row of bangs!!!!!!!!!!

I've never heard of Captain Copyright... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18005560)

I guess he and is faithful sidekick, DRM Boy, were defeated by his arch nemeses, The Internet Pirate and Public Domain Woman.

"vanish in a puff of logic" - TM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18006160)

that phraseology is patented by douglas adams estate, to "induce laughter by use of said phrase and profit from sales of advertising connected with display of said linguistical construct (joke)"

you guys owe his publisher and widow BIG BUCKS

May the same fate await (3, Funny)

Scareduck (177470) | more than 7 years ago | (#18006262)

his brother, Professor Patent.

Re:May the same fate await (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18008610)

Known to most as Prof. Pat Pending. His name is written on practically everything, you know...

The Irony (1)

Frequently_Asked_Ans (1063654) | more than 7 years ago | (#18006266)

I think we all see the irony in this....

Captian Copyright? More like Captian propaganda (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18006282)

Superhero comic characters to teach the masses to abide by their master. First, they'll teach about copyrights, then about laws, then about the holocaust, then they'll censor dissent. Wait, this is already happening. Censorship is also becoming America's favorite past-time. The US gov't (and their corporate friends), already detain protesters, ban books like "America Deceived" America Deceived (book) [iuniverse.com] from Amazon and Wikipedia, and fire 21-year tenured, BYU physics professor Steven Jones because he proved explosives, thermite in particular, took down the WTC buildings. Free Ernst Zundel and David Irving.

It gladdens my heart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18006554)

"the current climate around copyright issues will not allow a project like this one to be successful."

It's truly remarkable that they decided to forgo basic due-dilligence prior to launching this campaign.

It gladdens my heart to see this level of incompetence among the ranks of the opposition.

tax dollars at work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18007432)

millions are, and were, wasted on copyright propaganda

if copyright is so damn good, why is it oversold so bad?

Look up in the sky! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18008972)

It's a nerd! It's a lame! No, it's actualy both! Captain Copyright! Ignoring all of the muderers, rapists and real issues in the world, Captain Copyright breaks into the homes
of 14 year olds downloading MP3s and thrashes them around in persuit of "justice" and the
(new) American (er, Canadian) way!

Why is fair use so hard to understand? (1)

xenobyte (446878) | more than 7 years ago | (#18009664)

It's actually pretty simple: If you're going to use something copyrighted to create something new that you use for educational or non-profit purposes, you can do that - and your creation becomes copyrighted itself so any commercial use still requires both your and the original copyright owners' permission.

A teacher can use clippings from newspapers and textbooks to create his own teaching materials. As long as he doesn't sell it, and all the sources are paid for, this is fair use.

A fan can create a free fansite for his idol featuring copyrighted pics and audio/video clips. As long as it is run not for profit or official promotion, this is fair use. This means that ads on the site isn't allowed by the way.

The first example is constructed but the second example comes from real life, backed up by $1.500/hour entertainment lawyers.
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