Friday, October 13, 2006

It keeps stealing and stealing and...

Here's something trivial and stupid that comes as news to me.


Blogger either Mike or Vic or Jenny said...

I don't get it. Wikipedia says that the Duracell bunny is its own species, but wouldn't the Energizer bunny have its own species too? Do the Duracell bunnies posess the unique ability to breed and fuck, whereas the Energizer bunny is just a one-off mechano-rabbit? Also, why is there no diagram illustrating the differences?

I find that a fun thing to do is to imagine that Wikipedia articles are being sung by Wesley Willis. For example, imagine Wesley Willis singing "The Energizer Bunny is the marketing icon and mascot of Energizer batteries. It is a pink bunny rabbit that beats a drum while wearing shades and blue sandals. It has been appearing in television commercials since 1989. The Energizer Bunny only appears in North America.

"Energizer Bunny! Energizer Bunny! Energizer Bunny! Rock on America, Rock over London. American Airlines: We mean buisness in Chicago."

Also, I am disappointed to see that the Energizer Bunny page does not contain a list of instances in which the bunny itself was parodied. If somebody who is not me could edit the Wikipedia article to include the Energizer Bunny parody in Space Quest IV, that would be super.


10:36 PM  
Blogger either Mike or Vic or Jenny said...

Also, I forgot to add that there is a big difference between copyright infringement and stealing. Stealing is theft like when you steal bread or cigarettes or race cars to feed your family. Copyright infringement is when you "borrow" an idea but don't change it enough to be legal. Unfortunately there is no "bright line" test to determine how much you need to change something in order for it to be legal. I am sure the case law is fascinating. In fact case law is always fascinating. However, as much as the RIAA would like you to think so, ripping off somebody's intellectual property, while perhaps technically "thefting," and maybe even rising to the level of possible "buggery" (please somebody tell me what this is), it's certainly not out-and-out "stealing."

truly yours,

10:42 PM  

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