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08 May 2007

Step 37 42 4F 69 86 96 A0 BC 667 789 AD0 B52 1995: PROFIT! My latest idea to make money on the Web! Copyrighting a large number!
haha I enjoyed that quite a bit.
posted by CitrusFreak12 08 May | 18:21
I don't see what's wrong with copyrighting a number. Since you could argue that any text or music or image is easily converted to/from a number then any text which can be copyrighted as text should also be copyrighted as an equivalent number. Maybe there should be a minimum digit limit, but that's a different argument and one the sellers of DRM would be likely to win. Even if they don't win, they could pad any encryption string out to a requisite length.

Who would argue that this quite long number isn't under copyright? "73 6f 20 6d 75 63 68 20 64 65 70 65 6e 64 73 a 75 70 6f 6e a 61 20 72 65 64 20 77 68 65 65 6c a 62 61 72 72 6f 77 a a 67 6c 61 7a 65 64 20 77 69 74 68 20 72 61 69 6e a 77 61 74 65 72 a a 62 65 73 69 64 65 20 74 68 65 20 77 68 69 74 65 a 63 68 69 63 6b 65 6e 73 2e"

Also, If I translated my favourite book then who would hold the copyright?
posted by seanyboy 08 May | 18:43
33 37 42 4F 57 69 86 96 A0 BC 667 789 AD0 B52 1995

I win! Ah ha ha!!!
posted by ericb 08 May | 20:07
Is this the new wendell or the old wendell?
posted by agropyron 08 May | 20:37
I'm going to repeat this ONE MORE TIME for agro and anybody who hasn't been paying attention: The "new wendell" of March 31st was trying to set me up for a prank; I tried to turn the tables on him and he disappeared; I was going to play with the idea some more for April Fools Day but got sick and ended up at the ER. Since my medical treatment included a brain transplant, I guess you could call me a "new wendell"...

And ericb, your copyrighted number is obviously based on MY copyrighted number; I have acquired the services of the same lawyers who helped Art Buchwald sue Eddie Murphy over "Coming to America" (and win - it was a landmark case), so my legal advice to you is to dig a hole and crawl into it at your first convenience.

posted by wendell 08 May | 20:53
I did see your previous statements about that wendell, I just don't trust anything I read on the web. So I've been assuming that you went through with it.

You may ask: If I don't trust anything I read on the web, why do I believe your initial post? Probably because the old wendell is more convincing than the new wendell.
posted by agropyron 09 May | 13:22
I don't believe you, agro.
posted by wendell 09 May | 15:42
Oh. My. God. || Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! NOW!

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