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The name Babou was given to me by my grandson (two years old at the time). It actually means grandpa in Armenian and Swahili.

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Oct
11
comment Do I need to copyright a short story before I send it?
When asking legal questions, you should give some idea of where you problem takes place. Laws vary. By the way, note that I am not a lawyer.
Oct
11
answered Do I need to copyright a short story before I send it?
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Jun
13
comment Referring to sign language in conversations
@visakh The guillemets « » suggestion may help understanding in some cases. It was originally motivated by the fact that signed language can be technically considered a foreign language (up to a point). I wonder however how signers would feel about that view (ask?), or the fact that it is constantly emphasized in a book by « » (unless it is critical for understanding). I would actually check how foreign languages are usually handled in novels, and the fact that not all characters understand what is being said. This should be a good guide.
Jun
12
comment How to write a prophecy?
@Jay information check comes from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses. but I had read it before. To wipe out the jews, killing the girls would have been more effective than killing the boys. Judaism is transmitted by the mother, afaik. Life too. Pharaoh was after the babies, because the messiah was supposed to be born around that time. - - - - I am not saying this is historical. Who knows?
Jun
11
answered Referring to sign language in conversations
Jun
10
comment How to write a prophecy?
@Jay I believe it is the case of Moses. The prophecy that a messiah would deliver the jews led the pharaoh to order killing jewish babies. So Moses' mother hid him and then put him on the Nile to save him. He was then found by the pharaoh's sister, who raised him as a prince, and gave him the education to become a leader. This is just a sketch.
Jun
10
comment How to write a prophecy?
Realizing the prophecy by trying to avoid it is a classic of prophecies. Just look in the bible, and ancient mythologies. Another ingredient is ambiguity, but preferably not too obvious.
Jun
2
comment Is this story worth publishing?
"as expected, he was hit on the head."
Feb
19
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@DougM Possibly. It is up to the judge to assess the value of the evidence produced. It may be that the postmark is not very reliable ... but that depends on the postmark/envelope technology. I actually intended to develop further my answer on this issue, in relation with Berne 5.2, but given that I have been downvoted without explanation, and that other users use my information to improve their answer without event upvoting me, I think I will not take the trouble to say more. Nothing against you. Thanks for pointing out my imprecision.
Feb
17
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
You can sue commercial and non commercial infringers alike for the value of what they took (if it is a non-US work). If registered you can sue both for statutory damage.
Feb
17
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@DougM I guess you were addressing my comment about historical reasons. I meant of course that you need to register for actual protection of copyright, rather than simple ownership. Comments are a bit too interactive, and cannot be corrected. But my posted answer was unambiguous on that. But I do not see why SF makes a difference between commercial and non-commercial. ( SF ) BTW, in other countries, when there is an office, it only plays the role of another public notary - nothing similar to the role of the US copyright office.
Feb
17
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
"Registration of a work with the Copyright Office is not a prerequisite for copyright protection". IMHO This is inaccurate, even though it is in the law (probably as a matter of diplomacy when joining the Berne Convention). It is true only for non US works and some other specific cases. There is copyright ownership and copyright protection. For unregistered US works, it is like owning a house in a place where cops and judges will refuse to arrest or sue trespassers. You own it, but it is not protected, and people can freely infringe. Or is my legalese wrong? Comments anyone ? cc @DougM
Feb
17
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@DougM I do not know the US case law on this postmark issue, and I seriously doubt there is a Congress act about it (sorry, I am only moderately familiar with US legalese). This is not a copyright matter and law of evidence is relevant. Are you saying that a court will never consider a postmark, or other time-stamps for registered mail as evidence in a court case? What about blood stains on a time stamped envelope that would tell a murder occurred after a given date (I realize that is criminal rather than civil issue).
Feb
17
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@DougM I have not been precise enough, but there are so many details. For a US work, you must register in order to sue (article 411 of copyright law). But you cannot seek statutory damages of attorney fees if you were not registered before the infringement started (article 412). ... Would you mind telling me what is wrong in my answer above.
Feb
17
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@DougM You have to register work first published in the USA if you want to sue. Publishing first in another country will save $35 if you are not worried about being able to sue for statutory damages or attorney fees.
Feb
16
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Feb
16
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Feb
16
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
You are saying that getting a copyright "differs from country to country". In what way does it differ? Can you give an example not involving the USA?
Feb
16
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@MonicaCellio What do you mean by "Copyright procedures vary by location"? Can you give an example not involving the USA?