Lawrence Van Gelder

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at dennyhatch.com.

From Lawrence Van Gelder’s article in The New York Times, Dec. 28, 2007: Egypt plans to copyright the Pyramids, the Sphinx and various museum pieces and use the royalties from copies to pay for the upkeep of its historic monuments and sites, The Guardian of London reported. Quite simply, 4,000-year-old edifices are in public domain. How could Egypt enforce the copyright? It cannot. The entire concept is preposterous. What is not preposterous is what you can copyright. Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states that Congress has the power “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and

ROTFL I almost fell off the chair when I saw Lawrence Van Gelder’s little squib (reprinted in full nearby) in The New York Times, reporting that the Chinese have edited “Pirates of the Caribbean” because one of the characters “vilifies and humiliates the Chinese.” Imagine! The premier pirates of American films and other intellectual property not only have pirated yet another blockbuster, but also have edited out a Chinese character because it was “in line with Hollywood’s old tradition of demonizing the Chinese.” Is it time to rethink doing business with China? I am not talking human rights and animal abuses such as:

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