Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Intellectual Property" According to DILBERT® - The Sequel

This past week the L.A. Times featured a particularly funny episode in the 'corporate work world' based DILBERT® syndicated cartoon strip. *** See for yourself.

(Please Note: This comic strip has been reproduced for fair use purposes in connection with a corresponding blog post on the topic of Intellectual Property. The DILBERT® comic strip is not being used here as a trademark.)

The 'double entendre' in the second panel aside, this amusing storyline raises several intellectual property related issues, including but not limited to:

1. What is "intellectual property"?

2. Can someone really repeat/reproduce the verbal expression of another without their permission?

3. Can the name and likeness of the boss, who said the 'dumb things', be used by his employee who plans on publishing a book based entirely on the dumb things his boss has said?

We plan on answering these questions in our next posting so please stay tuned. Thank you for your interest.

*** This cartoon has been reproduced pursuant to the Fair Use principles of the U.S. Copyright Act for the purpose of this educational and scholarly article. DILBERT is the property of and Copyright Scott Adams, Inc. 2010. DILBERT® is the trademark of Scott Adams, Inc.

For more information on the DILBERT cartoon strip and series, check out the Wikipedia article online at:


Until next time...

William E. Maguire, Esq.
Los Angeles, California

William E. Maguire and are not affiliated with DILBERT® or Scott Adams, Inc.

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