28 October 2001

And another fun subversion: Two guys have copyrighted the “melody” of every possible touch-tone phone sequence and are threatenng to charge royalties every time someone dials the phone. It’s a lampoon of the sad state of international copyright law, in which one’s DNA can be copyrighted by someone other than the person defined by that DNA. (Did you know I cpuld patent your DNA? You don’t mind, do you? I’m afraid I’m going to have to charge you royalties every time you grow a new eyelash or whatever, but the law is quite clear on my rights in the free market.)

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28 October 2001

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