Monday, January 23, 2006
Vatican Copyright: 3 to 15 percent:
The Vatican has apparently decreed that the written words of any recent pope are governed by a copyright, and require a fee of 3 to 5 percent (15% if you try to ignore this) to print. Naturally some publishers are aghast, and it's not clear how this edict plays with the church's desire to "spread the Word." But it makes perfect sense to me. In the 1960's, a little man used to hand out short pamphlets about his own view of religion, as related to him personally by the almighty. In fact, one of his pamphlets explained that every word he wrote, although not copyright in the USA, was n fact fully protected by god, who preferred to be known, not as the Almighty, but rather as the Copy-Righty-Mighty. Frankly I've waited far too long to see the next application of divine copyright.