[conspire] Copyrights

Ruben Safir ruben at mrbrklyn.com
Thu Mar 24 18:48:56 PDT 2011

On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 06:32:37PM -0600, kw6 at xmission.com wrote:
> As an author, I would like to point out that what I write is my
> personal property from the moment of creation 

As an author as well, I want to tell you TOUGH NUGGIES

> -- it does not need to
> go through any formal process or registration -- unless it is done
> as work-for-hire.  For instance, when I'm hired to Americanize the
> raw translation of a technical manual originally in another
> language, the rights belong to whoever hired the work to be done.
> My work is NOT public domain, unless I decide that it will be.  If I
> choose to license it to someone for publication, it is still mine
> unless I sell ALL rights.
> For others to use my property to make money for themselves, but
> without paying me, is THEFT.
> You may say that Google putting my work online isn't like someone
> stealing your car.  After all, a car has intrinsic value, and it is
> the representation of the hours that you spent to earn the money
> which bought it.
> Likewise, my work has intrinsic value, to those who pay me for it.
> It also represents the hours that I spent creating it.
> Even if I put my work online for all to read, that does not give
> anyone the right to make money by copying it for others, and Google
> is in the business of making money.
> I am in no guild (though I could be in as many as a dozen), and no
> guild has the right or power to make agreements with Google for my
> work, any more than the local car club has the right to sell your
> car to a wrecking yard.
> There are many out-of-print publications which are in the public
> domain (copyrights expire) should be preserved, but it needs to be
> done legally, protecting the rights of legitimate owners.  Anything
> for which the copyright has expired, thus is in the public domain,
> Keith R. Wood
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