Go ahead: read it in full. It's pretty funny, and painfully truthful.I want to write an article on an article that Bill Gross wrote.Mr. Gross runs the world's largest bond investing fund. He is famous in the investment community. Recently, he wrote a very important article. It had a catchy title. I would like to share it with you. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to. At the end of the article, in bold face type, we read this:
No part of this material may be reproduced in any form, or referred to in any other publication, without express written permission. Pacific Investment Management Company LLC, 840 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660, 800-387-4626. ©2013, PIMCO.I would provide a link to this important article, but I have not cleared this with Mr. Gross.
I find it fascinating that Mr. Gross takes time every month out of his busy schedule, which involves managing several billion dollars' worth of clients' money. He does this in order to be read. Then he places a major restriction on anyone actually telling others about what he has written.
I picked up the phone and called an old friend of mine. I would tell you his name, but he is a lawyer specializing in copyright. He will not allow me to mention his name unless I get written permission. He refuses to give it. I therefore will give only his initials: CF. That stands for Copyright Fairy.
This is not a verbatim transcript. I am not allowed to quote him verbatim. This is my version of what he said.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
The Case For Copyright Reform...
Either that, or unlimited hunting tags for lawyers. I don't normally have much positive to say about Gary North, but here is a very funny column about copyright and lawyers: