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Subject: [INLAWREN] Who can define the law?
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2003 17:03:37 EST
I am not a lawyer, and only sending this email as a bit of "source"
information on the present topic, "COPYRIGHT", and I'm sure the list does not want to
spend three days in a debate over this letter. So, please take this with a
grain of salt, and let's find more ancestors.
As to COPYRIGHT I'm certain there are many views, written and otherwise.
According to "BLACK'S LAW DICTIONARY" Fourth Edition, by Henry Campbell Black, M.
COPYRIGHT. The right of literary property as recognized and sanctioned
by positive law. An intangible, incorporeal right granted by statute to the
author or originator of certain literary or artistic productions, whereby he is
invested, for a limited period, with the sole and exclusive privilege of
multiplying copies of the same and publishing and selling them.
International copyright is the right of a subject of one country to
protection against the republication in another country of a work which he originally
published in his own country.
Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, shows inside the cover, "Based on
Webster's Third New International Dictionary," G. & C. Merriam Company,
Publishers, Springfield, MA USA
COPYRIGHT. The exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish and sell the
matter and form of a literary, musical, or artistic work.
I know from other sources that mention "if you do not take material belonging
to others, and reproduce as your own, or sell, or make a profit, then you
have not violated the Copyright Law. "
Are marriage books, cemetery books, deed books, or genealogy considered
"Literary, musical or artistic?"
Warm Regards, Mac Elliott