Shameless spinoff or loving homage?

Not entirely sure how I feel about *new* Winnie-the-Pooh books, but at least they seem to have found an illustrator in Mark Burgess who can capture E.H.Shepherd’s style so marvellously…

New friend joins Winnie-the-PoohBBC NEWS | Entertainment | Arts & Culture | New friend joins Winnie-the-Pooh
Source: news.bbc.co.uk
The much-loved bear’s new friend, who appears in Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, is said to be a “feisty” character who will cause a stir.

Then again, as Jane pointed out over a nice pizza-bagel lunch at G&D’s, with all these things, if you don’t like what they’ve done; if you don’t agree with it; then just ignore it. Pretend like it doesn’t exist. She has a good point. Still not sure about it though…

We also had a wide-ranging chat, which ended on the subject of copyright, spurred on in part by the above and in part by the BBC’s latest attempt to encrypt it’s free-to-air broadcasts. I can’t see that there’s anything wrong with the rules as it is:

The terms and conditions for free-to-air telly are “Do anything you want with this, provided it doesn’t violate copyright law.”

…this disscussion led in a funny sort of way into other sorts of copyright/fair-use/infringement issues. Apparently parody is okay. I wonder where fan-fiction stands?

Must have a read of Cory Doctorow’s thinking sometime soon.

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