A couple of days ago, I went and found a cache (as I am wont to do) placed by one of the new cachers in the area who has been refilling old places. I was led to a duck pond not far from home. I’m pretty sure I had gotten a cache there a few years before, but that’s beside the point. I found the cache (though muggle issues abounded) and almost immediately began to laugh at their cute duck-based container. Not because of my irrational attraction to ducks, though. Another cacher in the area (who I have never met) has an entire series of duck-themed caches that I have picked up one by one over the years. Is there something in geocaching along the lines of cache infringement? Have you ever seen a cache that is a copy of one you’ve seen before? I don’t mean things that are standard, like ammo cans chained to trees or LPCs. I mean something where someone is copying another person’s hide style or cache construction? Have you ever seen a hide that you liked and just copied it? Speaking for myself, I certainly have. Every now and then I see something really cool out on the road that I can replicate and, with minor alteration, make one for the local area. Heck, I have a cache that’s a variant of one I saw in Missouri (no, it’s not Excalibur) that I’ve had sitting around the house for a year because I haven’t found the right place to put it. I’m not entirely sure the true duck lord is doing the thing lately (they haven’t found one in thirty days as of this publishing), but I’m curious if this container conflict will culminate with counselors contesting the case in Caching Court? And, if so, city, county, or circuit?
Otherwise, I am engaging with another sort of intellectual property. You know that book I’ve occasionally mentioned in the past? When I started working on it in earnest in November, my plan was to have it done in December and then self-published by February. That has not happened for myriad reasons, both good and less good. More than anything, though, it’s about scope creep. Well, I’ve just realized that if I put my nose to the grindstone, I can finish the initial edits and rewrites by the end of this week. Let’s assume that I get derailed for something (that has been known to happen). I should, therefore, be done sometime next week. Once that’s done, I’m going to set it aside, get it out of my brain, go to a Mega (definitely), maybe even visit some new counties (less than definite, unfortunately), and then come back for another round of edits before the serious stuff begins. I won’t promise that I will have the best book about travel or geocaching (I’m probably half-assing them both), but I’m going to try my darndest to have the best book about travel and geocaching. That is the GWB guarantee!*
* This guarantee not legally binding in Texas, California, New York, or any state, province, or territory containing a vowel.
6 thoughts on “Intellectual Property”
Don’t discount the concept of the LPC when you talk about intellectual property, someone had the idea and hid the first one. Same with those little magnetic Nanos.
But I think copying a style like that is just going to happen. Something really creative or original, a gadget, a backstory, a challenge, you might give a shout out to the person you are copying. Which I have seen done before.
After coming across a number of great containers, I bought a few 3D printed containers in the fall off of Etsy and my spouse decided they were Christmas ornaments.
I have found several variations on “bring plenty of water” and when you fill up the pipe to float the cache to the top, you discover holes at the bottom that must be plugged up or the cache will not float high enough to grab. My favorite though are the ones that you open and what you think is the log is a simple note saying, “this is not the log but you are very close”. If you haven’t seen these before, your inclination is to put what you found back where you found it and keep looking elsewhere. However, the log is in the container you just put back. You just have to figure out the less obvious route to it. I’ve seen several variations on that theme also.
About three years ago, I wanted to do a floating cache like that in a bus stop pole. There was going to be a decon in tree branches over hanging like it was it, but it would be full of rubber stoppers for the pole. I decided against it because I figured out it would require 1 & 1/2 gallons of water to float something out. 😦 I couldn’t justify making people be that wasteful.
As a matter of fact, I have not seen one of those floater caches since the drought set into California. Don’t know if there is a connection though.
The rubber stoppers in the decon would have been a nice touch though. Make it easy on the finder. The first one I encountered, I had my UCI grad student son with me who used his fingers to curb the tide. The second one I encountered alone and had to leave it to another time. That was the next Saturday when I took my roll of camouflage Duct Tape with me. That roll has been in my geocaching pack ever since and has gotten other uses, mostly with holding a cache closed or even together until I could alert the CO to administer some TLC.
You make a good point about the waste of water, even when there is no drought. Guess I will scratch that one off my list for possible copy catting.
There’s waste and there’s waste. I feel no qualms about making someone pour a few ounces from their water bottle. Two jugs, on the other hand…