A while ago I started collecting examples of copyright hypocrisy, with the intent of creating a definitive list of cases where copyright bullies are caught infringing the same rules they say everyone else should obey.
Here’s what I’ve got so far:
- Lamar Smith, author of SOPA, uses website background image without permission
- Anti-P2P lawyers rip off the content of another copyright settlement group’s website
- The party run by music-label-owned VEVO, where they showed a pirated NFL game
- Norwegian author complains about ebook piracy, then admits having pirated heaps of music and owning knockoff Prada handbags
- MPAA’s “University Toolkit” spyware violates GPL; open source developers have it taken down under DMCA
- MPAA blog based on platform that requires link to original author’s site, but removes links, against terms of license
- Pro-SOPA/PIPA group copies campaign emails, without permission, from anti-SOPA/PIPA activist group
Anyone got any others to add?
- Founder of StopFashionPiracy.com found copying another fashion designer’s work
- Nicholas Sarkozy, original creator of the “three strikes” idea, caught mass-pirating DVDs, also used unlicensed music in his campaign
(I’m kind of tempted to do a fanfic hypocrisy link collection too. Jasper Fforde and Diana Gabaldon would top the list.)