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revised Can a book be written without an antagonist?
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comment Do you have to be good at grammar to get published?
@C.A.McCann -- it wouldn't shock me if Kafka had a number of organic brain dysfunctions.
Mar
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comment Do you have to be good at grammar to get published?
Thanks for the catch. Orthography (spelling) is essentially arbitrary; it's a convention to make it easier to render the language on paper. Compare it to penmanship. By contrast, vocabulary and grammar together are the language. If you cannot choose the words or you cannot string them together, by definition, you cannot write.
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Feb
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comment Can a mock-magazine with fictitious content count legally as fan fiction?
@NeilFein -- I refer you to the case of Dr. Seuss v. Penguin Books, which I am totally not making up. The author of The Cat NOT in the Hat! mimicked the style of a Dr. Seuss book while retelling the O.J. Simpson murder trial. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the book was a satire, not a parody, because the book did not poke fun at or ridicule Dr. Seuss or his works. Instead, it merely used the Seuss style to tell a story of the murder.
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answered Can a mock-magazine with fictitious content count legally as fan fiction?
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awarded  Yearling
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answered Is it good style to use latin phrases in english scientific literature?
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awarded  Student
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comment Anybody know anything about examiner.com?
Sad panda is sad.
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asked Anybody know anything about examiner.com?
Jul
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answered Do you have to be good at grammar to get published?
Jul
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answered Can a book be written without an antagonist?
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comment Audio version of copyrighted written material
@sjl -- plus, breaking the law to promulgate a Bible (at least in the context of a just sovereign) might be working at cross-purposes.
Jul
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comment Audio version of copyrighted written material
@RolandTaylor - if we are going to start hand-waving away bits of the Bible, can we get sodomy back? Your cites have different ways of squinting their eyes at the facts, but that's all they're doing. If you honestly think the Bible is inerrant, let me ask you, oh, how did Judas die? Did he hang himself, as in Matthew, or did he just detonate like a grenade, as per Acts?
Jul
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comment Audio version of copyrighted written material
@sjl: I did not know that. I did some Googling; at least one close variation on the KJV was considered a "derivative work" and -- although it wasn't clear whether this was tested in court or just the publisher's lawyer's opinion -- therefore separately copyrightable. A spoken version of the book would be even more "derived" and less a "copy". If it were me, and I had no business interests in the UK, I would just go ahead and publish. If Her Majesty's Stationery Office sends me a C&D, so be it, but I think it about as likely as getting complaints from the Original Author.
Jul
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comment Audio version of copyrighted written material
@RolandTaylor -- If you're into the science of the Bible, read 1 Kings 7:23, where the value for pi is 3.
Jul
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answered Audio version of copyrighted written material