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To answer this question, I inquired with the American Society for Indexing. I asked: Is it legal to create an index of a book and publish that index, without consulting the autor or publisher of that book? I received the following answer: According to US copyright law, copyright in an index exists separately from the original work that is being ...


I think if you create and publish an index to the copyrighted work of another person you are infringing on their copyright. Basically what you are doing is using their work to create a derivative work, similar to making a movie of a novel. Also you should note that giving your index away for free does not.change anything. If you made a movie from one of ...

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