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Re: this is what I got in the mail.

From:J. K. Hoffman <ryumaou@...>
Date:Saturday, March 15, 2003, 13:55
Well, I guess my thought is, what are they going to pay you and what
rights will you maintain?
Maybe it's just the slumbering Marketing student in me, but why should
you give them something for nothing?  And, if they try to give you the
crap about how you made it publicly available by posting it on the
Internet, remind them that you still have a copyright, by default.  Of
course, I'm not entirely sure that you *can* copyright a created
language, but still...  You still should retain rights to the language
and how it's used, unless they actually buy it from you.  Since they
don't seem to be volunteering to do that, you can tell them that if they
use it, you'll sue.  Whether or not you actually go to that much trouble
or not is up to you, but the threat ought to be enough to keep them honest.

The bottom line is, *you* made this language for *your* purposes, not
theirs.  *You* can decide how it's used, or even *if* it's used.  If you
don't want them to use it the way they're describing, tell them that.

Good luck,
P.S. Note that I am not a copyright lawyer nor do I play one on TV.
However, Ivan Hoffman(no relation) is and you can find him here:
> ------------------------------ > Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2003 21:08:40 -0500 > From: Sally Caves <scaves@...> > Subject: this is what I got in the mail. > > Well, it looks as though Teonaht is especially suited for "Dwarvish," > according to the Game Master of "The Tales of Trolls and Treasures [On-line] > RPG-Project." Does anybody else know this on-line game? Did anybody else > get contacted by this guy? Is he on-list? There's something in me that > rebels against having anyone borrow Teonaht for something other than what it > is to be used for, which is basically for my own worldly worlds. Dwarvish! > > Any volunteers? > > Sally > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "George Akritides" <pixie@...> > To: <scaves@...> > Sent: Friday, March 14, 2003 6:00 PM > Subject: Teonaht > > > >> Greetings, >> >> I was browsing through langmaker, and found Teonaht, very interesting. >> Currently I am supporting the development of a computer rpg, "The Tales of > > Trolls and > >> Treasures RPG-Project". >> We were in the progress of spell making, and the issue of spell naming was > > brought > >> forth. It was decided that spells to be named in the language of the race > > that researched > >> them. >> We find Teonaht well suited for dwarvish, and would like your permission > > to use it in the > >> project. Any further informational support would also be happily accepted. >> We intend to have a webpage in the site which will have a sample > > dictionary of certain > >> words used mainly in spells, but also naming and inscriptions. >> The project's webpage, in case you are interested, is >> >> >> Thanks for your time, >> George Akritides >> >>
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Jeffrey Henning <jeffrey@...>Linguistic copyright (RE: this is what I got in the mail.)