Although he denies wanting editorial control (influence), Rocky Delgadillo hopes his strategy will set an example of how cities can protect their image while collecting royalties for their taxpayers.
4 minute interview (.ram file format)
Additional LAPD IP Coverage
- BBC: LAPD fights TV shows
- Reuters in FindLaw
L.A. Asserts Copyright Interest in TV Cop Shows
- Zap2it.com: LAPD Wants License Fees from Cop Shows
IP as “Intellectual Protectionism”#
This case is interesting because it demonstrates a distinction between creative rights
and “intellectual property”.
- creative rights, which are a limited, government-granted monopoly designed to
create an incentive for people to create (i.e. American copyright)
- “Intellectual Property” which give entities the right to control public discourse
(i.e. strong trademark laws)
Sir, you have insulted my honour! I demand satisfaction. #
Some lawyers start to sound like royal knights who protect the “honour” of their corporate sovereigns.
Homer Simpson’s dueling glove entitled him to all sorts of privileges (at least for
the first half of the episode).
Homer: Oh that’s it. You insulted my honour!
I demand satisfaction. I challenge you to a duel!
Moe: A duel? Isn’t that a little extreme? Here, here, have a free beer.
Homer: Really? But you’ve never given anyone a free beer.
Moe: Yeah, ain’t never been slapped with no duelling glove either.
- Quotes from Season 11: Episode 1105: E-I-E-I-D’oh! ‘You insulted my honour! I demand satisfaction. I challenge you to a duel! …
Intellectual Property Laws are not always bad. Trademarks can prevent consumers from being confused by misleading labels. The problem arises when those demanding “royalties”
expect to be treated like “royalty”. #