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[Nettime-nl] Nijntje het copyright konijntje/ Miffy the little copyright rabbit

An illustrated and documented version can be found at

[tableau with two Nijntjes and the hand of the designer]

Nijntje/Miffy may sniff cocaine and be a terrorist has said a Dutch judge today in a courtcase where the creator of ‘Nijntje het copyright konijntje’ (Miffy the copyright rabbit) Dick Bruna (1927 -) had asked the court to forbid several Nijntje impersonations on the web. Dirk Bruna – for decades – is the Dutch champion and pioneer of licensing and royalties, censoring whatever urban culture derivation of his creation. Thus he has for long become the censor of the offspring of his own drawing board creation, or was it the late designer and founder of the merciless copyright exploitation bureau Mercis, Pieter Brattinga (1931 – 2004) that has aborted and killed most of the unwanted progeny of this imaginary rabbit? Pencil and eraser in one hand.

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