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Re: License for fortunes?

Carlos writes:
> Well, technically, I didn't copy it verbatim, I modified it to suit the
> fortunes format. Would that still be copyrighted?

Everything is always copyrighted.  Copyright is compulsory.  In any case, I
think that the only way you could avoid infringing his copyright would be
to edit your own collection, using his only as a source for quotations.  I
don't think that modifying the format qualifies.

> Quite frankly, this (copyright over a compilation) is somewhat dumb (in
> this case, at least).

Much of copyright law is dumb.  We still have to deal with it.
John Hasler
john@dhh.gt.org (John Hasler)
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI

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