Linguistic copyright (RE: this is what I got in the mail.)
|From:||Jeffrey Henning <jeffrey@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, March 15, 2003, 23:10|
J. K. Hoffman comunu:
>I'm not entirely sure that you *can* copyright a created language,
As I understand U.S. copyright law, databases (simple tables of facts)
cannot be copyright. So if I make an Esperanto/English lexicon, that
can't be copyright. However, if I make a Teonaht/English lexicon, that
is not a table of facts, but an artistic opinion about what the words in
a fictional language might mean. So I would contend that a Teonaht
lexicon is copyrightable. Certainly, all other Teonaht materials
(grammars, poetry, sample texts) are also copyrightable.
Of course, I'm a not a lawyer either, but I have had to develop an
understanding of copyright, trademark and patent law at work.