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> -----Original Message-----
> From: J. David Eisenberg [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> > From: AndrewWatt2000@aol.com [mailto:AndrewWatt2000@aol.com]
> > Suppose you enter your data into MS Word or Excel. You hit the
> > print button and all your "data" is there on paper. You can do with
> > it what you want (within the limitations of it being on paper). No
> > proprietary vendor has any hold/claim/whatever on it. Your data is
> > there. It's yours. You can do with it what you want.
> > It is that combination of data and its proprietary data container
> > that I am suggesting is de facto "jointly owned".
> If it is jointly owned, then the company that wrote the proprietary data
> container has the perfect right to say, "You may not email the file to
> anyone else, nor make it available on the Internet without charging a fee,
> because we don't want OUR data to be freely distributed. And, of course,
> since this company jointly owns the data, the company will take a portion
> of the fee charged for distributing OUR data."
> Sorry, I'm not convinced that this is a Good Thing.
Isn't this rather like saying the company that made the reem of paper from
which you printed your Excel report on jointly owning the report?
Makes no sense on paper, nor does it makes sense as an electronic document,
be that a proprietary format or not. They own the software, not the work