05 June 2008


How is this for irony?

Electronic Frontier Foundation has called Universal Music Group a Harry Potter-ish goblin.

Who, what, eh?

To start from the beginning, UMG was suing some poor guy for selling promotional music on Ebay.

And EFF took up arms to defend the poor fella, criticizing UMG's eternal ownership of intellectual property.

Their view of UMG:

"To a goblin, the rightful and true master of any object is the maker, not the purchaser. All goblin-made objects are, in goblin eyes, rightfully theirs," as Bill Weasley explains to Harry in the book.

"They consider our habit of keeping goblin-made objects, passing them from wizard to wizard without further payment, little more than theft."

That's right; the reference to goblins from wand-waving Potter series.

It's just ironic that Rowling's work is used to defend people's right of property when she is particularly iffy about copyright herself.