Finally, an article about manga and copyright issues that is not predicated on an appreciation of Katsuhiro Otomo or Richard Stallman (despite the fact that the link came through /.). The article, Copy Cats and Robotic Dogs, posits that lawyers could stand to take a lesson from the way the manga (graphic novel) industry tolerates the burgeoning dojinshi (derivative amateur works) industry in Japan. The idea of heavy-handed copyright stifling innovation is not new, but this pithy piece gains extra points for having a real world industry to take examples from, rather than merely empty, angry philosophising about the potential benefits of imagined copyleft utopias (GNU excepted).

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