Q: How does intellectual property change hands?

A: The process begins when one copyright lawyer approaches another. Bedecked in its finest plumage, the initiating lawyer will preen and present itself. If the other is receptive, it will allow the display to continue; if it is not, it will chase the other away, flinging handfuls of steaming lawsuits. Once the initiating lawyer confirms that the other is receptive, it will perform the Copyright Dance, an interpretive gyration that may or may not be protected by international copyright treaties and domestic statutes (depending on if it is recorded or not and whether the recording is transformative). If the Copyright Dance pleases the receptive lawyer, they will allow the transfer of intellectual property to begin.

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