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Re: Copyrighting schemas, Hailstorm
- From: "Simon St.Laurent" <email@example.com>
- To: "Henry S. Thompson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2001 11:14:26 +0000
On 01 Jun 2001 15:54:13 +0100, Henry S. Thompson wrote:
> Shirky's worry doesn't fit with my understanding of copyright. A
> copyright is not a patent. A work must clearly be derived _in its
> expression_, not its substance, from the original, to be an infringing
> derivative. Otherwise for example no songs about, well, almost
> anything, would be publishable.
I guess my concern is whether the courts would interpret it that way, or
whether they would find that a compatible but not-created-by-Microsoft
schema was a derived work. I can see that going either way, and with
current trends in copyright, I don't feel much certainty.