Eric Clapton – It’s In The Way That You Use It
I was going to link to some videos that I’ve been watching at work, and guffawing loudly at much to my bosses chagrin, but it seems that Youtube has cut them down and suspended the author’s account.
These videos were the so called “Alternate Reality Dragon Ball Z” series. And they were fucking brilliant. There’s simply no polite-dinner-conversation way to put it, they were amazing, and an absolute riot for anyone who has half-arsedly watched more than three dragon ball (z/gt) episodes while hungover.
They were text-book parody, so they fall under the fair-use/fair-dealing clause of the Berne Copyright Convention and ANY subsequent international copyright law. Given that the original Dragon Ball author, Akira Toriyama, was into self-parody, I would bet that he – as the original copyright owner – would find the ARDBZ series to be an absolute laugh, and I will bet anyone 5 yen that he would have approved.
Not to mention that the ARDBZ creator actively told his audience to PURCHASE the DVD’s and CD’s, he was not only within the confines of international copyright law, he was also doing the copyright holders a free service – advertising.
But alas, some disinterested moron lawyer from some idiotic money grabbing corporate nazi company whinged over his latte to his fellow disinterested idiot lawyer from some moronic money grabbing corporate nazi company, and the terms of free speech and legitimate parody clauses in INTERNATIONAL copyright law were all shat on.
And to think, I was going to blog about an idiot MP blithering on about banning GTA-IV without ever playing it (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it, MORON), or my generous gift today of thousands of dollars of ex-company equipment to a local polytech (community college for the American readers), or maybe the 50km bike ride I had planned for this weekend.
I’d go super saiyan over this, but I might get a cease and desist