February 2005

Copyright news, from the sooner or later dept.,

It seems that the tattoo artist, one Matthew Reed, who created the distinctive Egyptian tattoo on the arm of NBA star Rasheed Wallace is suing over copyright violations because Nike is using the tattoo prominently in Nike ads. Well, it seems that the dispute is over just who exactly has intellectual property rights over a tattoo? Does the artist who drew the artwork have it or does it reside with the person who paid for it to be done (Rasheed Wallace). The artist most seemingly is going to claim a shared right to the artwork and that he deserves a share in whatever fees Wallace is getting from the commercials.

Heh, here is hoping that the corporate copyright advocates get a taste of their own medicine… 🙂

hey folks,

Some MMORPG news,

Last few times I was on Lineage2 as my healer it looks like they really toned down the huge mobs of creatures that were making it impossible to solo. Most likely so many people shifted to World of Warcraft that NCSoft had to change some things to make it better for those who remained.

Sooner or Later Dept. : Someone is doing a Grand Theft Auto-themed MMORPG, All Points Bulletin. Now we can all run over pedestrians, do drive-bys, and bludgeon passers-by, etc. all while engaging in l33t5p34k with members of the sugar and caffeine charged twitch gamer generation. Most of the cachet of the GTA games was that you were a wolf amongst the sheep of the city people. A GTA-MMORPG would just resemble an LA riot with military hardware. Not my idea of a fun experience.