The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Over a year ago, Berkeley Breathed, the cartoonist behind the Bloom County comic strip, declined due to time constraints an opportunity to talk with us about copyright, and just what it is that makes intellectual property law so darned funny. A brief item in this issue of Canadian NEW MEDIA (see Short Takes) notes that the cartoon is to be resurrected on the web, so it might be time to revisit our interview request. On the eve of the section 92 review of the Copyright Act, Breathed’s take on media consolidation and the maneuverings of copyright legal eagles would be refreshing. Bill the Cat is arguably the character that kept the comic strip popular for eight years, and it behooves us to remember why Bill joined Opus, Milo, Binkley, Portnoy and the rest. Bill was ostensibly introduced to cash in on the popularity of Garfield, which in the ’80s had taken over pop culture like a festering eczema. The strips around Bill’s introduction were hilarious as Breathed fabricated a copyright crisis that threatened the ’toon. More IP woes werecreated for the strip as various characters resembling Mickey Mouse and others were introduced and forced out by the fictitious lawyers of big media. Breathed isn’t the only artist who’s had the oftentimes pompous copyright law industry in his sights. The Simpsons regularly makes fun of copyright lawyers as well. The self-assured, nasally weasel who shuts down attempted parodies of Jimmy Durante, Disney and others is a recurring character. The upcoming s.92 review will be a dry and legal affair to settle issues such as digital rights management, the right of making available, and so many others. The climate around intellectual property has changed significantly since Breathed’s frequent and hilarious juxtapositioning of big money interests vs. Milo the Everyman. But the grand themes remain the same. A little humour right about now might be just what we need.