Cussedness Corner

"My work may be garbage but it's good garbage." Mickey Spillane

More threats to creative expression

In a comment to my previous entry, reminded me of the name of the fellow who was trying to patent a plot.

Andrew F. Knight is another example of what I view as a threat to creative freedom. He’s a patent attorney who achieved some notoriety by attempting to patent the plot of a novel in which a fellow returns to consciousness from spending years as a zombie and has no memory of what happened during those years.

Loss of memory in this way has been a standard in both literature and other art forms for centuries. Rip Van Winkle?

Zombies are a commonplace.

What’s new about that plot?



And here.

“The invention of a plot is just that — an invention –not merely the expression of an existing concept.”

I find that statement chilling.


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This entry was posted on September 1, 2009 by in Janrae Frank and tagged , , , .

Janrae Frank

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