Under the weather – an intellectual property

August 22, 2010

Under the weather. What an apt phrase to describe feeling ill. It is Shakespearean in its economy of words and its clarity of image. I wonder if someone could take a copyright out on the expression. Be paid everytime it is used. It seems to me that folks are taking out all kinds of intellectual property copyrights. I submitted some work for a contest recently and I was asked if I had taken out a copyright on the poems. Would someone steal a poem and call it their own? Would they make millions on my work? And can I be sure that someone esle’s ideas/images haven’t slipped into my subconscious and appeared on the page under my name? In fact, I think it would be impossible for anyone to create something in isolation from all other factors. I am not advocating plagiarism. But so many people guard their prized little insights as if they were little Napoleons. Or maybe all this is coming out because I feel like shit. And its raining outside. And I’m under…

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