The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0050  Thursday, 7 February 2013


From:        Abigail Quart <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         February 7, 2013 11:37:49 AM EST

Subject:     Copyright vs. Shakespeare 


Copyright Vs. Shakespeare

Cartoon by Barry Deutsch


Copyright vs. Shakespeare:  


Text from web site:  image  Shakespeare versus Copyright


This cartoon was inspired by a Huffington Post article by Jennifer Jenkins, in which she quoted Judge Richard Posner:


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.


Barry Deutsch


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