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Apr
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comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
If you think about it, what you are asking is what reporters do every day. They attend a speech by a politician or a celebrity and then write a news story reporting what the speaker said. I've never heard of someone suing a reporter for copyright violation for reporting on a speech. Maybe for libel if they radically misquote the speech, but not copyright violation.
Apr
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comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
I don't have a long list of relevant court cases off the top of my head so I can't cite a specific precedent on that, but this isn't an idea I just made up -- I don't claim any copyright on it! -- you can find this in many discussions of copyright.
Apr
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comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
@ochado Okay, maybe that particular court case wasn't the best example. But the same principle applies: an idea is not protected by copyright, just the words used to express that idea. If someone writes an editorial in which he says that he thinks the U.S. should send military aid to Ukraine (just to pick something at random), he has a copyright in the specific words he used. But he does not have a copyright in the idea of sending military aid to Ukraine. He can't sue everyone else who suggests aiding Ukraine for copyright violation, as long as they do not use the same words.
Apr
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answered Multiple POV novel - introducing rules of magic
Apr
28
comment Structuring and audience in non-fiction
I think a book SHOULD be linearly dependent. But unfortunately reality may not be.
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answered Structuring and audience in non-fiction
Apr
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Apr
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comment online database of clever phrases
@tave Read Shakespeare's plays: They're full of clichés. It's amazing how that man took all those clichés and managed to string them together to make a coherent story.
Apr
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answered online database of clever phrases
Apr
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comment Ethics of incorporating a supplier's technical documentation into one's own documentation?
Yes. If S's documentation comes with a licensing agreement that allows such re-use, than of course it's fine. If you contact them and they give you permission, it's fine. Otherwise, this is not just unethical but totally illegal and S could drag M to court. Citing a source is protection against charges of plagiarism, but NOT against copyright violation. The law views copyright violation as a form of stealing. You can't defend yourself from a theft charge by saying, "But I wrote the name of the person I stole the car from on the bumper!"
Apr
27
comment How to convey newlines in tweeted poetry, if at all?
Hmm, I've seen it done with and without spaces. I have no idea which is more common. It probably is more readable with spaces.
Apr
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Apr
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comment How to convey newlines in tweeted poetry, if at all?
It's only "subjective" if there is no established convention and people start discussing what they think the convention ought to be. I don't think it's appropriate to close a question when the close criteria only apply if the answer is "no".
Apr
27
comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
... listing names in alphabetical order is so obvious that it cannot be copyrighted.
Apr
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comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
The "threshold of originality" criteria does NOT mean that you cannot retell someone else's story in your own words. What it means is that you cannot copyright words that are so close to a bare statement of facts that anyone relating those facts would almost have to use the same words. There was a big case on this a few years back where the court ruled that a telephone company cannot copyright a phone book. A person's name and telephone number are bare facts and you cannot copyright facts. The court then said that while a particular arrangement of facts can be copyrighted, the idea of ...
Apr
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answered Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
Apr
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answered I want to name a character something but j feel like people would say I'm copying Veronica Roth, my favorite author. What should I do?
Apr
27
comment What's the best text editor for a technical reference manual?
I don't know anything about BBEdit. But Notepad++ is not a good choice for writing a book or article. I use it every day to edit programs and HTML pages, but it has no features to lay out pages, insert images, use alternate styles for different blocks of text, etc. Notepad++ is a programmer's editor, not a word processing product.
Apr
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answered What's the best text editor for a technical reference manual?