A call for open source DTDs
cowan at locke.ccil.org
Thu Oct 15 18:38:20 BST 1998
Rick Jelliffe wrote:
> One thing you should do to minimize any copyright if you are worried is to
> reformat the source code, and replace all comments with your own. Comments
> and layout both have "originality", which certainly may be copyrighted.
That doesn't help. Such a document is a derivative work, and the right
to make derivative works is one of the copyright owner's rights. Unless
you have a public or private license, you may not make derivative works.
Note that a derivative work need not share a single bit with the
original, as in the case of a text translated into another language.
Contrariwise, two photographs of the same subject from the same
viewpoint in the same light may be pixel-for-pixel identical and yet
have entirely separate copyrights.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan cowan at ccil.org
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You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn.
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