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[Writing] Storyline Patent...?!

Via the SFWA boards, a really disturbing Groklaw story about some yahoo who is trying to patent storylines and the expressions thereof.

If I'm reading this right, Mr. Knight is trying to patent his storyline (about an amnesiac college student)? And then he's going to then offer a service to patent plots for people?

Gosh, I wonder if I can get Mr. Knight to patent the Joseph Campbell mythological and 'hero's journey' archetypes for me. I could make millions! :P



Two words:

Melancholy elephants.

Ought to be required reading for anybody that has any contact with any sort of "intellectual property" legalities.
Yeah, I've always thought Spider Robinson had a really good point in that. And those sort of arguments are why many authors I know say that copyright law doesn't need to be extended, even though they /do/ want their rights protected during that initial period.