Keith Olbermann reported last night on MSNBC’s “Countdown” that the new owner of 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises intends to start licensing Elvis impersonators. No license, no impersonation. (Read about it here.) If this stands, it means that no one will be free, without permission, to dress in a particular way, grow one’s hair and sideburns in a particular way, wear a particular kind of sunglasses, and sing particular songs in a particular style in public. “If we were going to do a show that was based on Elvis impersonators, then obviously it wouldn’t make sense to have unauthorised Elvis impersonators,” Robert Sillerman said.
Does someone want to argue that IP doesn’t entail the violation of individiual liberty?
Thanks to the handywork of Sheldon Richman, we all have another juicy reason to fall deeply in love with ‘intellectual property.’ Note: similar issues involve book reviewers as well as celebrities copyrighting body features. I guess someone should tell Pablo Francisco to find another line of work.
Via Mike Ewens.