Google Reader Shared Items 2011-03-27

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  • Beware the estate of James Joyce

    Shared by DanielDeboer

    I really hate all these litigious estates. This is one of the reasons that after an artists has died (or at least a reasonable length of time after he or she has died) the works should enter the public domain. This way a scientific homage (the highest form of honour afaic) won’t be targeted by the pampered descendants, none of who has an artistic bone in their body or produces anything of worth.

    J. Craig Venter and his fellow scientists managed to replace the genetic code of a bacterium with a synthetic code they made on a computer. Which is how they got sued by the estate of James Joyce.

    In order to distinguish their synthetic DNA from that naturally present in the bacterium, Venter’s team coded several famous quotes into their DNA, including one from James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist of a Young Man: “To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life.”

    After announcing their work, Venter explained, his team received a cease and desist letter from Joyce’s estate, saying that he’d used the Irish writer’s work without permission. ”We thought it fell under fair use,” said Venter.

    That is from Jessica Crispin.

  • March 26, 2011

    Kapow! Since I haven’t reminded everyone in a while, don’t forget you can navigate the comics using z, x, and c. Also, there’s a SECRET CODE.