RE: How Many Trees? (WAS: URGENT: Immediate ethical issue)

Subject: RE: How Many Trees? (WAS: URGENT: Immediate ethical issue)
From: Kim Roper <kim -dot- roper -at- pixelink -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 13:48:59 -0400

DaLy wrote:

> If that paragraph is subject to the copyright laws,
> isn't everything we write (from a technical
> standpoint) a "spin-off" of someone else's work? Can
> we state that anything written is really 100%
> original?

I suppose you could, theoretically. Practically speaking, copyright
enforcement is an issue for the courts, and I doubt that too many judges
would extrapolate this issue to its logical absurdity. But then again, I'm
not a lawyer.

For that matter, one could argue that every word written in a technical
document is plagiarized from the dictionary. (I believe something like this
was mentioned on the TV show "Third Rock from the Sun.")

Cheers ... Kim


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