Evan Prodromou wrote:
>>>> "AT" == Alex T <alex756 at nyc.rr.com> writes:
AT> This brings up an interesting point regarding copyright. If
AT> the content is so generic as just to be knowledge then it is
AT> not really copyrightable as it would fall in the public
That's absolutely 100% not true. Copyright is on expression of facts,
not facts themselves.
You need to read up on [[:en:copyright]], bub.
Well IANAL either but I share your dislike for Alex's statement even though I highly
But to insinuate that NPOV articles are not creative works is *highly* insulting and also
of academic hypothesizing about *possible* extensions to current copyright law that,
never be accepted unless the Supreme Court of the U.S. goes completely nuts. Congress
would never enact such a law due to the reference material and news lobbies (who claim to
neutral, and often are in many cases - even if we are better at it). The public good would
served by encouraging bias in reference works and news reporting.
The selection of what material to have in an article, its formatting, organization and
presentation, are all creative aspects that are protected by copyright law. The example of
single sentence not being copyrightable is correct (except in rare circumstances, such as
poems) but cannot be extended to the whole work (unless that work is just a list organized
non-creative way - but even then the *selection* of what to include may be creative).
So this whole thing is just an academic 'what if' that has little to do with the
-- Daniel Mayer (aka mav)
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