The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0050 Thursday, 7 February 2013
Date: February 7, 2013 11:37:49 AM EST
Subject: Copyright vs. Shakespeare
Cartoon by Barry Deutsch
Copyright vs. Shakespeare:
Text from web site: image Shakespeare versus Copyright
What happens if these underlying sources are copyrighted? As Judge Richard Posner pointed out, “Romeo and Juliet itself would have infringed Arthur Brooke’s The Tragicall Historye of Romeo and Juliet… which in turn would have infringed several earlier Romeo and Juliets, all of which probably would have infringed Ovid’s story of Pyramus and Thisbe.” You get the point — without a rich public domain, much of literature would be illegal.
Many thanks to my friend Rachel Swirsky, who co-wrote this strip.