22 December 2009
The pope and copyright
According to the Times the Holy See, in a move to control the use of the papal brand, has announced that in future anyone wanting to use the face or name of the Holy Father or Supreme Pontiff must obtain Vatican approval.
Robin Fry, a copyright lawyer from the London firm Beachcrofts, said: "This declaration is a brave attempt to control use of the imprimatur and image of His Holy Father, but this can only realistically be done through registration of trademarks. “
A spokesman for the Catholic Church in England and Wales said: “This is not about financial gain or commercial interests. It is simply an attempt to preserve the integrity of the Pope’s image at a time when there is a plethora of new media and there may be concern that it is used inappropriately.”
Hmm I wonder what sort of damages the will seek. A billion years in Purgatory? On the other hand I can’t wait to see the Vatican going to court to prevent Benedict’s image being used for a Caganer. I can see the Vatican getting royally Streisanded on the Internet if they do. The one at the top of the post is on account!