On Thu, 03 May 2001 22:34:20 -0300 (BRT)
Carlos Laviola <email@example.com> wrote:
> On 03-May-2001 Arthur Korn wrote:
> > Adam Heath schrieb:
> >> Um, "Free as a Bird" is a song, and copyrighted, so they can't go in main.
> > Copyrighting old german proverbs? *shudder*
> German? Worldwide, AFAICT. (At least in Brazil, and most other countries, a
> white pigeon is a symbol of freedom and peace)
The german expression has a somewhat special history. Some centuries
ago, a person could be declared to be "vogelfrei", as free as a bird,
but in a not so romantic sense, as he would find himself disprovided
of any kind of legal protection. If anybody wanted to harm or even
kill him, he wouldn't be persecuted for that.