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Image of Popeye Enters Public Domain In the EU

Jon Chatow Re:Don't worry, Olive! (229 comments)

Another interesting aspect of copyright is religion. Religion is one of the fundamental aspects of society. Religious texts are published, copies, and scrutinized by both true believers and critics. Can you imagine the Roman Catholic Church claiming copyright over the Bible?

Interestingly, the Authorised Version (or "King James Bible", as many people call it informally), which is the basis of most Bibles currently available in English, is under perpetual copyright in the UK*, though I believe no other jurisdiction recognises this, and it is made available at no charge by the Church Commissioners who administer the copyright on behalf of the Crown.

* - Technically, not perpetual; the author it deemed to be the Throne (i.e., the meta-physical "human" embodiment of the Sovereign - a natural person), rather than James I himself, so it has the copyright of life+70; until and unless the UK becomes a republic, the author is deemed to still be 'alive'. Who said IPR wasn't intruiging? ;-).

more than 5 years ago
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London Is Still World's Wi-Fi Access Point Capital

Jon Chatow Re:they sure aren't usable... (88 comments)

London also needs to understand the idea of running their subway all night. It was insane that I had to take a taxi to St. Pancras because the train to Paris was boarding before the tube started running for the day.

Yes, well, the network was built without track redundancy (for all but a negligible part of the network, there's exactly one set of tracks in each direction). It's stupid, and we (Humanity) learnt to do it better in later subways (like New York). That's what you get for being first in the world.

There's not much that could be done about it. I recall seeing a guesstimate price for "fixing" the problem - that is, building an entire secondary network - at US$50 billion. Not exactly in reach.

Back on-topic, I did find this story somewhat surprising; I certainly don't find there to be WiFi APs everywhere I go. Maybe I'm just unlucky. :-)

more than 5 years ago

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