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Barney Surrenders To the EFF 125

Posted by kdawson
from the big-purple-capitulation dept.
davidwr writes, "Earlier this year, EFF sued the Barney the Dinosaur people for harassing a Barney parody web site. Well, Barney finally surrendered, err I mean, learned to share. For more, read the case history at the EFF site."
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Barney Surrenders To the EFF

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  • by Bananatree3 (872975) on Tuesday November 28, 2006 @08:34PM (#17027270)

    I quote the famous barney addage:



    I love you,
    You love me,
    We're a happy family,
    with a great big hug,
    and a kiss from me to you,
    Won't you say you love me TOO!

    I love you,
    You love me,
    We're best friends like friends should be,
    With a great big hug,
    And a kiss from me to you,
    Won't you say you love me too


    I guess Barney is one of those Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde kind of guys with a split personality. While he sings sweet happy songs to young children who absolutely adore him, he has a darkside he shows to those who don't like him. When someone doesn't respect the lines "We're best friends like friends should be", and "Won't you say you love me TOO", the big purple dinosaur sends them the not-so cuddly wrath of the purple-D's lawyer team.
  • by MrCrassic (994046) <deprecated AT ema DOT il> on Tuesday November 28, 2006 @08:43PM (#17027382) Journal

    ...because this case had no basis.

    Even though I really hate Britney Spears, I must admit that before she got pregnant, she actually looked kind of hot. However, after she got pregnant, she gradually turned into a monstrosity (or was it years of lyrical and systematic infection of our American youth finally striking back...?). If the value premise of the case were true, that meant that if I used Photoshop to exaggerate her hideous appearance to blatant unrealistic proportions, then posted it back on my MySpace, I have used the image of Britney Spears illegally under copyright law and will be subjected to all sorts of governmental discipline. Does this make any sense?

    I'm glad that the court realized the flawed logic of this case. It would have been a shame if that person had to pay some consequence solely for using merely the image of a character humorously (or not). I knew the dinosaur had some evil in it...

  • by cultrhetor (961872) on Tuesday November 28, 2006 @09:08PM (#17027610) Journal
    What does enforcement of actual "fair use" have to do with enforcing piracy claims? The RIAA suits are a different ball of wax.
  • by JoshJ (1009085) on Tuesday November 28, 2006 @09:21PM (#17027726) Journal
    Step 1: Recognize fair use Step 2: Recognize that the copyright laws (and patent laws, but that's another matter) as they exist today are ridiculous Step 3: REFORM!
  • by nosredna (672587) on Tuesday November 28, 2006 @09:45PM (#17027904)
    To be more accurate, lawyers are very good with fuzziness. That's why you never ever ever ever want to leave them any to exploit.
  • by Pig Hogger (10379) <pig.hogger@NoSpAM.gmail.com> on Tuesday November 28, 2006 @09:49PM (#17027940) Journal
    "... Conditioned upon the parties' compliance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the parties, and their respective officers, directors, agents, servants, employees, parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, attorneys, successors and assigns, hereby release each other from any and all claims, demands, damages, losses, liabilities, rights or causes of action, including but not limited to any claim for attorneys fees, arising out of or relating to the Action and/or the allegations asserted therein. ..."
    Reading this please make your own conclusions about the inner structure of the underlying legal system (IMAGINE YOU WOULD STRUCTURE CODE THE SAME WAY!).
    Oh, that's easy:
    Compliance(Terms_Conditions(Agreement));
    Conditio n(Parties || '/.*/g');
    Release('/.*/g' || claims('/.*/g'));

Wernher von Braun settled for a V-2 when he coulda had a V-8.

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