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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, >but still...
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. Best regards, Jeffrey


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