[rumori] Re: pho: Judge Rules Against "Wind"

From: Don Joyce (djATwebbnet.com)
Date: Sat Apr 21 2001 - 11:56:21 PDT

So there ya go. And of course, every folk song ever rewritten (and they ALL
were rewrites) was a crime against the "original." Gee, I sure feel guilty
liking any of THAT stuff! It's a wonder we ever got any kind of culture
rolling on such an immoral, dispicable basis. Thank God we are well beyond
directly building on our own culture in all those outdated, criminal ways

The law, the judge, and the Mitchell heirs are completely idiotic with
absolute, dictatorial control over modern creativity and there's not a damn
thing we can EVER do about this persistant, self-destructing cultural
perversity. THANK YOU COPYRIGHT, we just LOVE what you're doing for us!

>Judge Blocks Publishing of Book
>by MITCH STACY, Associated Press Writer
>ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday blocked the
>publication of a novel he said borrows too liberally from
>''Gone With the Wind'' and infringes on the copyright of
>Margaret Mitchell's classic novel.
>U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell ruled that Alice
>Randall's novel ''The Wind Done Gone'' is essentially a
>retelling of ''Gone With the Wind'' from a different point
>of view using the same fictional characters and places.
>Randall's story, Pannell wrote, ''constitutes unabated
>piracy of 'Gone With the Wind.'''
>Randall, whose book was scheduled for publication by
>Houghton Mifflin in June, argued that her story, told from
>the point of view of Scarlett O'Hara's mulatto half-sister
>on the plantation Tata, was a political parody.
>Pannell disagreed, writing that Randall's ''recitation of so
>much of the earlier work is overwhelming'' and constitutes
>an unauthorized sequel.
>''When the reader of 'Gone With the Wind' turns over the
>last page, he may well wonder what becomes of Ms. Mitchell's
>beloved characters and their romantic, but tragic, world,''
>Panell wrote. ''Ms. Randall has offered her vision of how to
>answer those unanswered questions. ... The right to answer
>those questions and to write a sequel or other derivative
>work, however, legally belongs to Mrs. Mitchell's heirs, not
>Ms. Randall.''
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