In TechDirt erklärt Rose M. Welch einen kuriosen Fall von Copyrightsverletzungsangst. Sie wollte verschiedene Buchmalereien aus dem Zeitraum 600 bis 900 n. Chr. in einer Publikation abbilden. Eine Druckerei verweigerte dies mit Hinweis auf eventuell verletzte Copyrights.
The documents in question feature anywhere from one to six pieces from various illuminated manuscripts on each sheet, including some bits from the famous Book of Kells. The largest image is comprised of a full scan of the original manuscript, but printed in less than half of the size of the original piece (something like 6″ x 8″) and the smallest are six 2.5″ x 2.5″ chunks showing specific detailing from five different manuscripts on a single page.
These manuscripts were created between 600 and 900 A.D. and are firmly in the public domain. Even if they were not, printing pages and cutout bits from pages for an educational paper almost certainly constitutes fair use, which the printer had never heard of.
Seriously. No joke. What is the world coming to?”