[Foundation-l] Issues about Copyright

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Thu Jun 25 18:33:06 UTC 2009

Jimmy Xu wrote:
> Yeah. We ARE discussing (4) at zhwiki, but it seems to be resolved per
> preceding reply. These laws are confusing, huh~ Thanks a lot.
One point that's important to keep in mind is that copyright does not 
protect the information; it protects the way the information is 
presented.  The merger principle would have the effect of negating 
copyright on the way an idea is expressed if that idea can be expressed 
in no other way.  An interesting point about (4) is that it refers to 
"current issues"; how long does a piece of news remain current?  The 
need for the author to have specifically forbidden re-use poses 
interesting problems.  This is comparable to former US laws around 
registration and notice that the US had to repeal in order to come into 
line with treaty obligations.


> On Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 10:51 PM, Andrew Gray <andrew.gray at dunelm.org.uk> wrote:
>> 2009/6/25 Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com>:
>>> What are examples of something which is fair use under chinese law but
>>> not under US law?  <goes to check the discussion>
>> http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Copyright_Law_of_the_People's_Republic_of_China_(2001)#Section_4_Limitations_on_Rights
>> I believe (10) is not very effectively protected in the US, but I
>> could be wrong. (3) is quite a common provision, but (4) takes it
>> further than usual.
>> (I really like the spirit of nr. 11, but I can see how it's not really
>> applicable here...)

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