Best Case for Moral Rights Ever: Monopoly Fantasy Edition

one200.jpg“Moral rights” permit artists to veto certain uses of their work when they don’t approve of the use. For example, under the Visual Artists Rights Act, an artist has a right “to prevent any intentional distortion, mutilation, or other modification of [their] work which would be prejudicial to his or her honor or reputation.” Some advocate expanding that right from actual works to copyrighted materials generally (giving, for instance, a right to an artist to veto a modification or use of their work even if they don’t own the copyright anymore).

I’m usually skeptical of that kind of rights expansion, but this video is giving me second thoughts. It’s a passionate celebration of a bank merger, ala U2’s classic song “One.” As NPR reports, “The song is so painfully bad that it has become an Internet phenomenon.” These lyrics are extraordinary:

Refrain:

One bank, One Card,

One name that’s known all over the world.

One heart, filled with spirit

We feel it–Share it!

One bank, every day,

Bringing higher standards,

Higher standards—wooo-oooo!

Well, so far my experience of Bank of America’s “higher standards” is frustration at being unable to pay my MBNA credit card online anymore. But have we ever heard a more lyrical explication of Borkian antitrust policy? “One bank, one card, one monop’ly–by no competition law marred!”

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