Monday, June 14, 2010


I realized in the middle of my afternoon today that I completely missed the 2nd anniversary of the blog! On May 9th, Zip and a Kick! hit the 2 year milestone. Pretty exciting stuff, regardless of the fact that I let it slip my mind. What a horrible father I would be.

So I decided to research copyrighting, as I've been thinking about getting the law on ZK!'s side.
Knowing very little about this process, I decided to go straight to the source and play right into their hands by reading the FAQ. Which is where I found the most incredible government-supplied answer to a question that they clearly get a lot:

"How do I protect my sighting of Elvis?"
Copyright law does not protect sightings. However, copyright law will protect your photo (or other depiction) of your sighting of Elvis. File your claim to copyright online by means of the electronic Copyright Office. Pay the fee online and attach a copy of your photo. Or, go to the Copyright Office website, fill in Form CO, print it, and mail it together with your photo and fee. No one can lawfully use your photo of your sighting, although someone else may file his own photo of his sighting. Copyright law protects the original photograph, not the subject of the photograph.

- If Elvis actually was alive, would he be able to sue me for using his likeness for evil, rather than good?

- If someone published my photo without permission, would I be within my rights to shoot them on site if I ever saw them on the street?

- What is the practical function of copyrighting your sighting of dead Elvis at a barely legal strip joint in Albuquerque?


Those are just some of the many questions/scenarios that came to mind. While I may still be a ways away from locking things down officially in the eyes of the federal government (if they don't read random entries and decide to deport me first, that is), I was still able to extract more entertainment from a government website than I ever thought possible. The runner-up question on the FAQ? "Can I register a diary I found in my grandmother's attic?"

Oddly specific, these Copyrighters, no?

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