“Most Wanted” Playing Cards Part II: Copyright Jokers

Another thing I found interesting about the playing cards spam outbreak was the copyright implications. The original decks were Federal government work, and thus were not protected under copyright law. However, muhahahaha, it turns out that the government used commercial joker images that were protected. Thus, the commercial distributors of the cards had to obtain a license from the card company from which the joker image was taken unlawfully. The Joker always gets the last laugh.