• BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 09:27:43View | Delete

    The bazillion people who had that idea before you will band together and try to sue you. They will lose, because they can’t prove you copied.

    Boxturtle (Probably. Depends on the judge, jurisdiction, and the price of rice in China)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 07:41:25View | Delete

    IMHO this is a rather pointless example as I have had to do this in a lab

    Agreed. A copyright could exist, but it could never be enforced.

    Boxturtle (But add just one line of your own text below the photo and everything changes)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 07:38:26View | Delete

    They are not identical, except in appearance. :-) The differing factor is that they are different photos.

    So let’s say I make a Tshirt with that image. Which photo did I copy? Can’t tell and I’M not saying. I might have taken another shot of the image myself.

    So while photographer #1 owns photo #1 and photographer #2 owns photo #2, enforcing the copyright on such a photo would be so difficult as to render the copyright moot.

    Boxturtle (So either could sue, but both would lose)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 07:19:57View | Delete

    The photographer owns the copyright to that image. If ten days later, that image is reproduced on another scope and a 2nd photographer takes the snapshot, he would own that snapshot. They would be considered different works.

    That’s an easy one.

    If Miss Bum-Bum is having a public photo session and I snap a shot walking by, who owns copyright on that shot?

    Boxturtle (Warning: Trick question)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 07:04:23View | Delete

    “contrary to popular belief, math does not always represent reality”

    I want that on a Tshirt. With the monkey selfie.

    Boxturtle (Just because the math works does not mean that’s how the universe works)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 06:59:24View | Delete

    I would own the rights to that image.

    You would own the canvas with the image on it. I could reproduce the image on my canvas and sell it without owing you a dime.

    Now, if the earthquake caused you to fall in such a manner that YOU caused the paint to be spread on the canvas, you would own the image and I couldn’t copy it without paying you.

    Depending on the country you created the painting in, the country I was making the copies in AND the country in which I was selling the copies of course.

    Boxturtle (Ain’t international copyright law fun?)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 06:25:24View | Delete

    Ah, I see he GOT a lawyer!

    Boxturtle (That face says “I’m going to spend the rest of my life outside, aren’t I?”)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 06:19:54View | Delete

    ROFL!

    My caption for that: “I have nothing to say and I want a lawyer”

    Boxturtle (Never had a dog take out a tree. Always cats)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 06:11:13View | Delete

    We have to tie our tree to the wall to keep the cats from destroying it. Now, sometimes you look over at the tree and see a cat ornament looking back at you.

    Boxturtle (how in the world can they be comfortable sleeping halfway up a Xmas tree?)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 05:51:08View | Delete

    Yeah, we don’t use tinsel for the same reason. Despite the cat’s digestion rapidly rejecting it, the cat would always go back for more.

    Boxturtle (You haven’t lived until you’ve pulled a 10″ tinsel out of your cats throat)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 05:49:11View | Delete

    You can only shoot fish in a barrel for so long before it gets boring, I suppose.

    Boxturtle (Even if it’s a really annoying fish)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 05:44:43View | Delete

    IMO the only reason to permit Brooks to bloviate in print is for the tremendously witty counterposts that he receives. Pierce’s amongst them.

    Boxturtle (They should cut his pay in half, and distribute the remainder to his counterposters)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 05:40:58View | Delete

    You are certainly welcome to post your good morning here as far as I’m concerned. The links and your commentary are always worthwhile.

    As for barf art, you took the photo, you own the copyright. Now, if YOU barf and the cat photographs it, it’s public domain. So be careful.

    Boxturtle (barf art technique: Let your cat play with some different colored yarn balls before barfing)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 05:21:59View | Delete

    Ask and ye shall receive.

    Boxturtle (Rule: If it exists, somewhere on the Internet it is for sale. No exceptions)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 05:19:33View | Delete

    Good Morning, All!

    I love that photo. Human comedians have been given sitcoms for doing things less funny than that! The ape is clearly intentionally smiling, just like he’s seen humans do.

    I’m not sure which law is more misunderstood in America: Copyright or the 2nd amendment. That photo is clearly public domain, though perhaps in Spain he could get the ape a lawyer and make a case.

    Were I a zoo, I’d put cheap cameras in all the ape cages and see what comes out that I could sell on a tshirt.

    I annoyed a math prof last night with this one:

    What is the answer to 0/0? Zero divided by zero, I mean.

    1) By definition, anything divided by zero is undefined.
    2) By definition, anything divided by itself is 1.
    3) By definition, Zero divided by anything is zero.

    Boxturtle (Choose your answer, then compute your taxes!)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post I’m not sure we really know the meaning of that word…

    2014-12-19 03:51:30View | Delete

    It appears as though the hack was executed by getting the credentials of a very senior system admin. Given those credentials, my cat could have hacked Sony.

    Based on the comments about the film for the few who have actually seen it, NK did us and Sony a favor. Sony will likely get more in insurance from having to eat the film than they would have from the box office.

    Boxturtle (“desperately unfunny” – comment from Sony exec in leaked email)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post I’m not sure we really know the meaning of that word…

    2014-12-19 03:47:28View | Delete

    It shows NK leader in a poor light and is based around a plot to assassinate him. Many in NK consider Kim a God and they are defending their God.

    Boxturtle (Rather successfully, it would seem)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy

    2014-12-18 14:03:58View | Delete

    It’s very valid. You lose only the energy it takes to get the storage unit to minimum operating pressure.

    One of those salt caverns we’re storing the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would hold enough compressed air to run the country for about 5 days.

    Boxturtle (Maybe more, we’ve never really checked the safe pressure for those caverns)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy

    2014-12-18 14:00:09View | Delete

    Got it. It’ll take me a bit to digest. Looks interesting.

    Boxturtle (Let nobody doubt that I am a science nerd)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Over Easy

    2014-12-18 13:58:31View | Delete

    I am NOT going into that discussion here! :-)

    Boxturtle (Because I only understand it at a very high level. And my understanding may be disproved)

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