Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Ray Bradbury, whose fiction I adore, is according to news reports very offended about Michael Moore "stealing" the title of his book Farenheit 451. For crying out loud. First of all, titles can't be copyrighted, so it's moot from a legal standpoint. But more importantly, the title of Moore's film is abviously a play on Bradbury's book, which has been mentioned in every review or news blurb I've seen for the film. I'm willing to bet that it's generated renewed interest, and consequently sales. OTOH, maybe Bradbury is offended by the film itself, and doesn't want his name mentioned in the same breath. Could be.
One of my conservative coworkers tried to play the Bradbury Card with me when I mentioned "Fahrenheit 9/11"'s #1 status. He was unaware that titles cannot be copyrighted. He left the conversation shortly after I informed him.
BTW, have you seen the movie?
By 1:06 PM, at
Naw, I figure I'll rent the DVD.
..Now you know why George Lacas trademarks everything, including Princess Leia's Star Puffs(TM) hairdo.