A columnist with the Cornell Daily Sun had trouble with his local Kinkos when he tried to get them to photocopy some of his published work.They demurred on copyright grounds:
I was miffed by his self-important anal-retentiveness. “I wrote that article, look, my picture is on the top,” I said. He told me that didn’t matter, that corporate Kinko’s was overburdened with copyright lawsuits, and consequently he wasn’t about to run my copy job.
OK, so he wrote the article. I bet it’s a nice picture, too. Doesn’t mean he owns the copyright. In fact, the bottom of the very web page that carries the diatribe carries the following legend:
Copyright ｩ 2002 by The Cornell Daily Sun, Inc.
All rights reserved.
But I suspect his refusal to print my writing samples sprouted from seeds buried deeper in the human ego. It was an exercise in power. He totally had the power of refusing to copy my articles. And he didn’t.