Copyright

A recent blog about copyright inspired me to look up a poem I composed last year for a friend who is doing his David and Goliath thing (him being David) against a certain heavyweight company in the photographic field.

If You Can Keep
A poem by Bryan Islip, after Kipling

If you can keep your heart when all about you
Have lost their titles to some small print t's and c's,
If you can trust the law when lawyers doubt you,
But make allowance for their fat cat pleas;
If you submit and not be beat, submitting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being used but don't give way to users
Nor argue much, nor talk too wise:
If you submit your work and lose its virtue,
But always try to show the honest touch,
If those big businessmen can't hurt you,
Though all men count with you, and truth as such;
If you can let them take your stuff and own it
Throughout the universe and just for fun
You lose the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a fool, my son

(With apologies to Rudyard Kipling
- the artist would have understood:
'though not to some, who may not yet…)

Yes, if you really believe in capitalism, not just pay it lip service, you will know that the most valuable thing for any of us is what E. Hemingway called 'the little new that each one learns from life'.

Gordon, indeed it is amoral as well as being illegal for someone - anyone - to try to steal your work. i.e. Take it for themselves and for their profit without payment, pre-agreed and rightfully due.

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