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Re: copyrightable vs. copyrighted (was Re: databases not copyrightable in the USA)

On Fri, 2004-05-14 at 00:16 +0100, Andrew Suffield wrote:

> On Wed, May 12, 2004 at 02:36:14PM +0200, Martin Dickopp wrote:
> > "Humberto Massa" <humberto.massa@almg.gov.br> writes:
> > 
> > > In another topic, I prefer the term "copyrighted". "Copyrightable" is
> > > an ugly, ugly term... and everything that is copyrightable is
> > > copyrighted by default...
> > 
> > I see a fine distinction between the two terms.  For example, a work
> > created by the U.S. government is not copyrighted.
> This is shameless verbing of a noun and therefore doesn't *have* a
> definition. Copyright is a noun.

My 1991 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary lists a transitive verb
with the meaning "secure copyright for".

Have you ever, ever felt like this?
Had strange things happen?  Are you going round the twist?

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