minstrel: Copyright Mundane Law as of 1997

The Human Quintain spider at ursula.uoregon.edu
Mon Jun 23 21:10:49 PDT 1997


Mundane copyright law states that unless your work is registered with the
LIbrary of Congress in the United States of America, it is not as protected
as it would be if it were -REGISTERED-.

Additionally, a person's interpretation of a folk or well-known tale can be
copyrighted. However, what cannot be copyrighted is the folk tale itself,
because by doing so, you're trying to copyright something that you didn't
write. Bad, foolish, and doesn't work.

Copyright infringement does not work if someone writes a poem and jams
"Copyright Seamus McConnell 1997" on it. At best, you can claim that it was
yours, but you'll have the devil's own problem proving it in a mundane
court without proper documentation.

In other words-

A work is not copyrighted if it is a story told to others unless the bard
specifically stands up and says, "This is copyrighted, don't copy it."  A
song is not copyrighted unless it's produced on readable and reproduceable
material.

 If it was not copyrighted at the time of the plagarism, you cannot sue for
damages. ANY COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL MUST BE REGISTERED WITH THE LIBRARY OF
CONGRESS IN ORDER TO BE COPYRIGHTED BY PLAGARISM  LAWS.

Which takes $20 and two copies of the work. This includes short stories and
poems.

NEVER NEVER NEVER SIGN ANYTHING THAT SAYS YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
BELONGS TO ANY COMPANY OR ORGANIZATION unless you're willing to give up all
your rights to it.


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