Barry Margolin <bar...@bbnplanet.com> writes:The limits are created by the law and the content creator, not by
> Kent, there's a limit to how far you have to take stuff like this.
the would-be users.
> The context under which the material was created, and the likelyI believe this to be misinformation. The context in which the material
> expectations of the author, have to be taken into account.
was created is not legally relevant to copyright coverage. The "likely"
expectations of the author are also not legally relevant. The actual
expressed expectations of the author are, as I undrestand it, the only
relevant thing. Moreover, copyright does not pass verbally, only written,
exactly to make sure that rights are spelled out in proper detail.
> If you were to transcribe Jay Leno's monologue onto your web page everyThe likelihood of being sued is orthogonal to the issue of whether
> day, that would clearly be wrong. But if you have a web page, and included
> on it were "My favorite joke by Jay Leno is ...." no one (not even Leno's
> people, I suspect) would consider it a serious offense.
something is permitted. You may indeed be engaging in a low-risk activity,
though I know specific examples of situations very similar to what you're
talking about where legal action has been threatened.
> Furthermore, Leno is a professional comedian, so his jokes are hisAnd I don't expect to stay a programmer my whole life either. I
expect one day to graduate to being a writer. Who are you--who is
anyone but the person themselves--to say who is and is not a
professional writer? Most professional writers, in fact, have a day
job because being a writer for money is tough to break into and tough
to support a regular living at. Perhaps by professional, you meant
"highly paid". But in my book, professional is an attitude, not a
measure of checkbook. Not all professionals break even. Not all
professionals are well-known. And not all professionals were always
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I had a more extended reply to this, going through the rest of your
I'll just end with one more remark and then killfile this conversation
Copyright law exists for the purpose of protecting the little guy.
End of my participation in this thread.
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