I was going to tweet this, but it was too long. It comes completely without context:
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It’s purest Schadenfreude for me to see this — it warms the twisted little cockles of my heart that those $15 bright-and-flashy fiction trade paperbacks sometimes sell *even worse* than the $90 accounting tomes I peddle.
TL;DR: *most* books sell much worse than you’d think.
A proposal by the Prince George’s County Board of Education to copyright work created by staff and students for school could mean that a picture drawn by a first-grader, a lesson plan developed by a teacher or an app created by a teen would belong to the school system, not the individual.
The measure has some worried that by the system claiming ownership to the work of others, creativity could be stifled and there would be little incentive to come up with innovative ways to educate students. Some have questioned the legality of the proposal as it relates to students.
BUT WAIT, there’s more -
It’s not unusual for a company to hold the rights to an employee’s work, copyright policy experts said. But the Prince George’s policy goes a step further by saying that work created for the school by employees during their own time and using their own materials is the school system’s property.
Also disturbing because you can’t simply claim someone else’s copyright by saying that you own it. And taking someone else’s copyright is really hard. (Which means the school board would probably lose any legal case, if they tried to claim copyright ownership of a kid’s school essay). But it’s silly…
I’m afraid this is the inevitable end of our current copyright regime — the entity with the most power (corporate, governmental, etc.) simply demands or claims copyright for everything created within its purview, and prevails unless there’s a huge stink. As it becomes more and more common, it will be harder and harder to raise a big enough stink.
So you’re a woman who loves comics, but you’ve got a dude in your life - boyfriend, husband, brother, best pal, roomate or dad - who isn’t. You know what it’s like. You go with them to TheAvengers and they have no idea who that is in the final scene. Or you go to see The Dark Knight Rises and you end up having to explain that John Blake, despite his first name, is not in Batman comics. Or maybe they just roll their eyes when you’re diving into your pull and don’t get why your spend time and money on comics. Why don’t they like what we like?
I feel your pain.
So given that we are in the official start of the holiday gift season here’s some suggestions to help you get a dude in your life into comics. This isn’t a list of the best comics or even the comics that will solve all the challenges I’ve outlined above, but they are titles that I think may help nudge the needle on a non-comic reader. Note this list is not exhaustive and is designed to bring readers into an ongoing series. And yes, I’m sure you have some other suggestions. Comment away!