The otherwise excellent Margaret Marks has ruined a peaceful Saturday afternoon by pointing out that St Columba was, apart from the first person to meet the Loch Ness monster, also on the wrong side of the first copyright case–or so says the Catholic Herald.
Columcille copied a Jeromian psalter belonging to Finnian, King Diarmit made him give up the copy with the words, “To every cow her calf; to every book its copy.” Columcille later got his revenge in battle, but as a punishment had to go and live on a Scottish island and provide B&B accommodation to Geordies and Scousers.
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson is quite open about having copied his Aramaic flagellation flick off God, so, taking historical precedent into account, we’re probably due for the revelation of a new temporal overoverlord, several years of litigation, and a final battle, after which Mel will have to come and live in Benidorm (which is very nice, actually). (Opus Dei’s vile Saruman shrine, Torreciudad, is not at all nice, so stick with Benidorm, Mel.)
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