Ibiblio Humor: Duke Buys Public Domain

Thursday, April 01 2004 @ 07:35 PM EST

Contributed by: PJ

Ibiblio has some funny joke stories today on their home page, including the "news" that Duke University has bought the public domain, prompting WIPO to ask, "Who did they pay?"

"Duke University, of Durham, North Carolina, purchased the entirety of the public domain late last evening for a fee of 2.2 trillion dollars. Sources familiar with the negotiation report that Duke's reclamation of the public domain is unprecedented. As a result of the purchase, Duke University is the sole rights-holder to a huge collection of materials, including the Bible, the works of Shakespeare and Dante, and Francis Scott Key's The Star Spangled Banner.. . .

"ibiblio, a champion of the public domain for 12 years, will undergo major changes as a result of the purchase. Over the next few weeks, we'll begin relocating our staff and hardware to the Duke campus. We're also excited about the introduction of ibiblio Premium Services, and the ibiblio GoldPlus Access Pass. These subscription services will allow you access to the content you love, without annoying pop-under ads. "

"News" of a SCO-MS-Disney merger, too. Pop-under ads for access to public domain works. Love the concept, guys. Let's do lunch.