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Re: Copyrighting/Patenting a Conlang

From:Garth Wallace <gwalla@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 27, 2004, 20:55
Steg Belsky wrote:

> On Apr 27, 2004, at 1:52 AM, Rik Roots wrote: > >> I expect a company which was producing merchandise containing phrases >> in a >> language which it had commissioned a conlanger to create for it would >> take a >> different view, and may choose to assert its "copyright" through court >> action. How successful such an action would be I have no idea - I know >> of no >> precedents in such a scenario. > > > > That would be so cool! > Instead of all those crazy fashion-obsessed teenagers and college > students buying clothes that have random Japanese or Chinese phrases > written on them, that they have no idea what they say,
I find it really funny that Americans like the looks of kanji, while the Japanese have a thing for the roman alphabet, to the point where each will wear clothes emblazoned with the other's language without having a clue what thay're saying. A case of the orthographic grass being greener on the other side, perhaps?
> they could be > wearing one of our conlangs - that they *legitimately* would have no > idea as to what the heck it says! :-P
Harpelan would be well suited to that, I would think.