My friend Brad beat me to this one … last night we took Madeline to get her picture taken with Santa at the Nittany Mall. Let’s just say it was an interesting experience. Not only was the big guy 45 minutes late coming back from the “feeding the reindeer” break, but the whole thing was a bit unsettling.
As we were standing in line, Madeline asked “do I really need to sit on that guy’s lap” Let me remind you that she is turning 5 in a couple of days, so she could see right through this “Santa’s” makeup. The thing that blew my mind was the poster shown below that offered not only the picture of the photo shoot, but the ability to purchase the copyright of said photo for a mere $22.00 dollars. As my friend Brad asked today during the latest ETS Talk Podcast, “do we all need personal IP attorneys walking around with us?” Something tells me that we are on the verge of a major societal collapse when Santa wants to own the images of children all over the World.