Sunday, August 2, 2009

The new tiger of corruption

For many years I have been hoping that an artist or cartoonist would update Thomas Nast's famous 1871 Tammany Tiger to portray the developments of copyright law in our time. The sketch below shows the sort of thing I have in mind, what a tiger for our times might look like. Clearly it is nothing more than a mock-up or plausibility argument: All I did was clip Nast's picture from an out-of-copyright book and add some labels. A real draftsman or cartoonist could do far better, giving the tiger a more contemporary look and feel, and making the members of the Tammany Ring in the stands look like our modern robber-barons. And Congresswoman Bono should be up there next to Senator Hatch.

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