Pope passes special Vatican copyright

giving him exclusive right to use his name, title, image

Published on boingboing, by Cory Doctorow, December 19, 2009.

The Pope has created a special (and weirdly incoherent) copyright in his name, image and symbols. This “copyright” appears to prohibit using these words and symbols to denote goods or services (”Pope Secondary School,” “Pope Soap,” “Pope Burgers”), all of which are covered already under trademark and fraud laws, and need no copyright to protect them …  //

… “Consequently, the use of anything referring directly to the person or office of the Supreme Pontiff… and/or the use of the title ‘Pontifical,’ must receive previous and express authorization from the Holy See,” concluded the message released to the press. (full text).

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