That was the best, most informative title I could come up with. I’m sorry. This is also just barely a GQ, and not a metaphysical debate, as far as I can tell.
Anyway, partially inspired by the first bit of this post of Skald’s, which brought up something I’d been musing about for awhile…
Say I somehow cross into another, paralel universe, similar if slightly different from our own, and come back with a couple of DVDs—Casblanca, starring Ronald Reagan, and the complete Firefly series collection, seasons 1-6.
Now, my question is, what’s the copyright/trademark status of these films, if someone wanted to market them in this universe? The studios here didn’t actually make them, and our world’s actors didn’t actually star in them—it was their extra-universal twins.
So…who gets the royalties, or the marketing rights? How bad are the lawsuits going to get? What is the Vatican going to think of all this?