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Can we execute a mass-joke at Lotusphere?

By Andrew Pollack on 12/13/2005 at 01:03 PM EST

This isn't something any one person could do effectively by themselves, and I'm not even sure it would be advisable at all. I also don't know exactly how the legal ramifications would play out. Maybe some of you could suggest answers.

The general idea would be to put your favorite stupid Radicati quote on rolls of toilet paper, to be left in the restrooms at the Dolphin hotel during Lotusphere. It costs about 50 bucks to do this for four roles, and about a hundred bucks for ten rolls. Its manageable for individuals. It would just take a lot of individuals doing it to really make the joke work.

Here's the site that can make it:

Now, I'm fairly sure if you just put something like the company name or logo you'd violate copyright. However, is it a problem if you simply quote something? Some stupid, false prediction or statement made by a person who has purposely set themselves as a public figure in that area of knowledge can be quoted, right?

Anyone have some thoughts?

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Spread the wealth...By Carol Anne on 12/13/2005 at 04:52 PM EST
Quotes from Forbes, for instance, and other media predicting the demise of

Legally, if you quote from published works, under 250 words, you are probably
on sound legal ground.

If you decide to do it, I'd be happy to contribute $25 toward the goal.

Better plan, though, to have about 50 rolls, and make sure they're not being
removed by anyone (e.g., IBM or Lotus, or agents of the quoted). If "PC
Police" play a role, they'll undermine the value of the whole thing.

Perhapy you'd be better off auctioning the rolls to Lotusphere attendees, than
in putting them in public bathrooms, where the property owner might replace
them out of some sense of self-protection. If individual "winners" or "buyers"
of the rolls put them in stalls, that's better, and it leave you off the hook
in the event of some uprising.

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