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Jan
16
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
One of the most basic rules of the Berne Convention is that you get copyright without formalities: that means no process whatsoever. The only issue is how you assert your copyright, which is a different matter, related on how one can assert his rights in court or otherwise for whatever matter. The need to register with the US CO depends on how you wish to assert your right, and on where your work is first published. This is explained in my answer (and partly in a plagiarized part of the 2nd answer).
Jan
16
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@SF. I am wondering why you made this comment. You are supposed to be the expert on this question.
Jan
16
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@MonicaCellio Copyright procedures are essentially the same in all member countries of the Berne Convention. What may vary is the way courts may evaluate evidence. Registering with the copyright office (CO) may be with little value against any strong evidence of earlier ownership by another party or other technically strong proof. Anyone can steal work and register. CO registration is just one many kinds of fairly strong evidence. But the CO has another role as I explained in 2 other places. (BTW, deletion may have been a wrong choice).
Jan
16
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@SF. I am not sure what is not completely right. My point is that, for US works, even if you have proof that it is your house/work and one million witnesses of the fact, and a hundred public notaries, you have nearly no protection against trespassers, i.e. copyright infringers, if you are not registered with the copyright office. This is not so for real houses. It is not a matter of cops shrugging, but of the judge shrugging (or nearly so), not helplessly, but because that is the law.
Jan
9
comment “And” vs “with” in description lists
@what I do understand your grammatical point. But, the expression together with can be used grammatically instead of and. The question could be whether it is appropriate to abbreviate it as simply with, which is somewhat lighter. It may be that one way language perceptions differ is on how sentences may be abbreviated. I actually wonder how much this is codified. I will ask.
Jan
9
comment “And” vs “with” in description lists
My point was mainly to emphasize that there are many forms, with more or less subtle differences in meaning and structures, which may also be influenced by the overall style. Another point is that language is protean, that it varies from person to person, so that getting your meaning across is also dependent on interaction between various part, on stylistic variations, and not just on the grammatical variation of a single sentence. I did not aim at excluding, and that was just my reading, one possible reading of what some variations may mean.
Jan
7
revised What is a good location to publish my research in a public setting?
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Jan
7
answered What is a good location to publish my research in a public setting?
Jan
7
answered “And” vs “with” in description lists
Jan
7
comment Is there a database of plots that have not been “processed”/used yet?
That sounds like a good starting point for a plot!
Jan
6
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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
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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."