Re: Aspell-en license Once again.
On Wednesday 06 November 2002 05:30 pm, David Turner wrote:
> On Wed, 2002-11-06 at 15:40, Joe Moore wrote:
> > Derek Gladding said:
> > > Hypothetical question...
> > Hypothetical answer below...
> > > If one took a spell-checker, such as Aspell, then:
> > >
> > > - piped the whole of Usenet through it for a couple of weeks
> > > - automatically removed all sequences of characters that failed
> > > - removed all duplicate words from the result
> > >
> > > Would the resulting list of words be a "new" creation, unencumbered by
> > > any license attached to the spell-checker ? ;-)
> > No, this would be a derivative work of the Usenet postings, which are
> > copyright their authors.
> > You'd have to get permission from all Usenet posters.
> It would not be a derivative work of Usenet, because the only elements
> copied would be uncopyrightable individual words.
> Usenet is, of course, a poor place to get content, because your wordlist
> would be filled with (a) foreign-language messages and spam, (b) made-up
> words like froup and kibo which (probably) shouldn't go into the
You need another coffee, Novi ;-)
You missed the bit about piping Usenet *through* Aspell to generate a
"different" word-list that just happened to be the same...