Patricia Metola is a fine illustrator who’s had enough of people ripping off her work for profit or not. This contempt for intellectual property is an overwhelming concern for designers unable to afford lawyers, and is a major factor in limiting the availability of products online, where ripping is easy as plum pie.
I’m particularly interested in how this issue will play with the traditional news media in Spain, whose advertising revenues are falling rapidly at the same time as they’re seeing their work widely copied and pasted for reputational or financial gain (however marginal), often without attribution. For example, I find Vicente Carballido’s cherrypicking interesting and useful (and I link regularly to him in the blog roundup on the front page), but I can imagine there will come a day when he will wake up with a summons on the doormat.
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Bloggers should have rights and privileges as well as responsibilities, argues David Maeztu.
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Over at Iberian Notes (2003/10/16 15:15), John Chappell is worried because La Vanguardia keeps plugging the notion that Americans are …
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Estacions fantasmes del metro de Barcelona (via Dani@Altres Barcelones) has got some great contemporary photos, digital reconstructions and historical material. The one
- Duffin Dagels’ rip-off of Dunkin’ Donuts – brand theft at its most vulgar
Here. At least the Vuitton fakes look good for a week, but you’d have to be pretty subnormal to be seen