Microsoft is having a film competition about thought thievery. You know, like downloading stuff on peer-to-peer networks or bringing your camcorder to a movie theater and filming Revenge of the Sith, then burning DVDs and selling them.
Here’s the blurb from the MS UK site:
Thought Thieves is about people stealing and profiting from your creation or innovation. Think about it: how would you feel if you saw your hard work being passed off as the property of someone else? What would you do?
I’d feel bad. Like if I made a film for this competition and I won and then Microsoft said that I must:
…formally licence on terms acceptable to Microsoft, all intellectual property rights in my film and agree to waive all moral rights in relation to my film if requested to do so.
Luckily Microsoft tells you upfront in the entry form that this is what you must do. And heck, you don’t even have to win to have MS possess your intellectual property; you just have to be a finalist.
This seems a bit whacked even for Microsoft.
To enter your film go here.