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Re: Copyright Issues

May 05, 1998 07:42 AM
by M K Ramadoss

At 08:47 AM 5/5/1998 EDT, you wrote:
>In a message dated 98-05-04 17:00:21 EDT, jhe writes:
><< public material would be neither private nor a work created for commercial
>purposes, therefore not covered by copyright law >>
>Much written material is put out on the Internet by authors who have not gone
>through the formal and procedural process of getting their stuff copyrighted
>through the Copyright Office at the Library of Congress. This material can be
>viewed and accessed by millions. It seems, therefore, that this material
>be part of the public domain.
>For instance, would the postings published here in this e-mail message room
>(theos-talk) be considered "copyrighted" or part of the public domain to be
>used freely by anyone?

There are maillists which notify subscribers that when they do post
anything, such postings can be copied, reposted, distributed etc.

Copyright laws were primarily written to protect the "value" of works
created. Again the focus was on the commercial aspect of works.

There are a number of sites on the Internet dealing with copyright issues
and there are also maillists discussing it.


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