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Quick ! To the Bat Fax !

Is your copyright being infringed ? Will anyone bring the scoundrels to justice ? Have no fear – Captain Copyright is here. Not only will he batter the infringers, but since he’s from Canada, his enemies will be able to benefit from excellent post-beating heathcare.

Courtesy of The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency, Captain Copyright is here to teach kids about copyright and copywrongs via a selection of distinctly un-hero-like wordsearches, games and quizes (although when we here at EPUK Towers played the online quiz, we curiously managed to score 11 out of 10 – must have been the kryptonite we had for dinner)

To our mind, though, Captain Copyright seems a little short on super powers, aside from a cheeky homoerotic bulge in his costume which undoubtably strikes fear into the hearts of his enemies, plus an ability to appear late at night in front of female students. Captain Copyright clearly doesn’t know the meaning of the word “fear”, and quite possibly also the words “restraining order”.

But it appears Captain Copyright’s true strength lies with stringent terms and conditions. Those pictures for printing off and colouring in ? Whack ! Pow ! Captain Copyright says no ! He grants you a limited, royalty-free, non-exclusive and non-transferable right and licence to view and display the Materials on your computer or network of computers within a single entity, and download and print the Materials for your own personal internal use or educational use in educational institutions located in Canada, subject to…you are not permitted to modify the Materials

So, if you live outside Canada, you can’t print off the pictures. If you do live in Canada, you can print out the pictures – as long as you add a copyright notice yourself – but if you dare colour them in, expect a visit at midnight from a masked muscled Canadian with a glint in his eye and a bulge in his pants. Don’t have nightmares…

PS. Thanks to The Register for the story, and to Bill Watterson for the title

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