Monday, January 23, 2006

The Divine Art Of Retroactive Copyrights

Comes now the official Vatican publishing house, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, with an edict of its own: Everything written by the current Pope, beginning with his first encyclical, and by his predecessors in the past 50 years, is now subject to copyright.

So now you have to pay royalties on the Word of God, if thats what they're still claiming it to be.
The Clog Almanac asks, "Did God tell them to charge the world for His Word?" "Did He inform the Pope first, about the institution of this new copyright policy?"

Other than for the necessity of staunching the bleeding of cash for legal judgements for unspeakable acts committed by priests (largely in the litigious USA), is the Church really that in need of money?

If this is a tempest in a teapot, then tell us. (US copyright terms summary here.)

(Via The Times Online.)

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