Zimbabwean law will put legislation, parliamentary gazette, etc, under state copyright

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9 Responses to “Zimbabwean law will put legislation, parliamentary gazette, etc, under state copyright”

  1. Matt J says:

    You guys are overstating it. Zimbabwe is not in great shape, but it’s far from being a failed state. Westerners can visit it without being in any more danger than if they visited its neighbours. Compared to Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma it’s not doing that badly. There is at least a vestige of democratic government: Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition leader, is now sharing power with Mugabe in his capacity as prime minister, and from Wikipedia:

    the IMF described the Zimbabwean economy as “completing its second year of buoyant economic growth after a decade of economic decline.”. Mentioning “strengthen policies” and “favorable shocks” as main reasons for the economic growth

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Morgan Tsvangirai isn’t sharing any power with Mugabe. Mugabe does whatever he wants, and Tsvangirai assents or they arrest the leading members of his party and beat them in jail. A cup of coffee costs a trillion dollars. Life expectancy has been cut in half under the Mugabe regime.

      • EnzoMan says:

        The Zimbabwean dollar was demonetised in 2009, and is essentially non existent. The US dollar is now used as a hard currency, something that has happened in other countries in the past. A cup of coffee is now a few dollars, still more expensive than in most parts of the world.

      • Anonymous says:

        If something costs a trillion dollars, but nobody has ever paid that for it, does it really cost that?

        Or is it essentially unavailable? Just before they stopped reporting their inflation numbers, the numbers had become essentially meaningless. They talked about million+ dollar loaves of bread, but also said there was *no* bread on the shelves. Which one is true?

        I know they’re a messed-up country, but the economic reporting on them is worse than Faux News.

  2. SonOfSamSeaborn says:

    The hell? This is fucked up. Especially the mention of other countries already doing it — but as a UK resident I’m fairly sure that all (even superseded or repealed) legislation is available from the HMSO website, and printed for a charge. That said, it is Crown copyright.

  3. Teller says:

    Pretty incredible news. Had no idea Bob Mugabe’s tong had parliamentary legislation.

  4. syncrotic says:

    “Zimbabwean law” is basically a nonsensical phrase.

    Zimbabwe is a kleptocratic dictatorship run by a megalomaniacal president-for-life. Honestly, how can anyone care that the laws in that nation are copyrighted when there are no property rights, no civil rights… no human rights of any kind.

    That nation ranks with Iraq and Somalia as one the places I’m least interested in visiting.

    • Ted8305 says:

      Yep. “Zimbabwean law” is a pretty oxymoronic concept as of late. How can a failed state claim or enforce copyrights of any kind?

  5. pyalot says:

    Hey, why stop at copyrighting the law? You could trademark and patent it too. So say you get apprehended for a crime, so the first thing you need to do is to pay license cost for being the subject of the application of a system of apprehending and prosecuting people who commit socially unacceptable actions.

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