Brickbat: Fair Use

The Spanish government has proposed a new law that would require search engines to pay to display even brief fragments of copyrighted material. The government did not say how much will be charged.

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  • SweatingGin||

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I suppose search engines could block results from European news outlets. That should take care of that.

  • UnCivilServant||

    I gotta critique the page image. The halberd was a foot soldier's weapon - for anti-cavalry work. Anyone one a horse with that much armor should be armed with either a lance or a sword. Also - leg armor on a horse? They wouldn't put up with it and it would cause too many crippling injuries even if you could get it on.

  • WTF||

    Well, since we're going full pedant here, you'll notice that he is tilting at windmills, so it is a representation of Don Quixote, who didn't really have a massive charger with full plate armor, so this is actually a representation of how he imagined himself to be.

  • UnCivilServant||

    If it was what he imagined himself to be - why are they still windmills and not giants?

  • WTF||

    Because the artist had to convey that the knight in shining armor is in fact Don Quixote.

  • UnCivilServant||

    The same thing can be accomplished without screwing up the man of la mancha's panoply.

  • WTF||

    But since Don Quixote was not a real knight and only imagined himself as a fantasy, idealized one as existed only in his mind, it makes sense that his panoply was not historically accurate.

  • UnCivilServant||

    I still think the artist screwed up.

  • WTF||

    Actually, you're probably right.

  • Almanian!||

    cool story, bro

  • Rich||

    The government did not say how it would be determined which fragments must be paid for and how amounts would be calculated.

    A Google search would probably turn up an appropriate proprietary algorithm.

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