Friday, November 23, 2012

Signing your artwork

It's Badder-Meinhoff time. Twice in the last month or so I've heard about creative ways for protecting copyrights. The first was with dictionaries. An NPR story said dictionary makers routinely put in a few made-up words, along with fictional definitions, to protect their rights. Obviously, if a competitor copies their dictionary, the fake words can be used to prove that the work was stolen.

Today a BBC story about an Island in the South Pacific mentioned this:
    A spokesman from the service told Australian newspapers that while some map makers intentionally include phantom streets to prevent copyright infringements, that was was (sic) not usually the case with nautical charts because it would reduce confidence in them.
Phantom streets, phantom words... What other phantoms are out there?

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