eBay users plagiarizing collectors' content...
chenmel at earthlink.net
Sat Jun 25 07:23:43 CDT 2005
On Wed, 22 Jun 2005 15:09:29 -0400
Paul Koning <pkoning at equallogic.com> wrote:
> >>>>> "Antonio" == Antonio Carlini <a.carlini at ntlworld.com> writes:
> >> Randy: I know your manuals situation has been discussed here
> >> before. It's noble of you to just appreciate the distribution.
> >> But you certainly deserve to be compensated for your work. (Guess
> >> I wouldn't do so well in the open-source world!)
> Antonio> I'm just taking a wild stab in the dark here, but my guess
> Antonio> is that Randy (and Al, and almost anyone else doing any
> Antonio> scanning - me too for that matter) would have less than a
> Antonio> whole leg to stand on in court!
> Antonio> I don't claim any rights whatsoever to anything I've
> Antonio> scanned. I've not heard anyone else here do so either. If
> Antonio> you are going to complain that someone is taking things
> Antonio> you've scanned and selling them, would it not be reasonable
> Antonio> to ask whether the original copyright holder (who presumably
> Antonio> had to _pay_ to get the manual written!) might not deserve
> Antonio> at least a chance to deny your request to distribute their
> Antonio> work?
> Antonio> Apologies to those who have scanned only after having sought
> Antonio> permission :-)
> Actually, even then your comment probably holds.
> Clearly a scanner can't hold copyright in the original content. That
> leaves compilation copyright. But it's hard to see how that would
> apply when the material published is simply a full page by page scan
> of the original.
You can probably claim copyright over any lint and odd spots on the scan
that are artifacts of your scanning, as 'artistic expression.'
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