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Re: Copyright 1900 letter...

Nov 26, 1996 08:26 AM
by Patrick Alessandra Jr.

> You may copyright email that is your own intellectual property,
> but unless you are "K.H." or his literary heir, you may not
> copyright his letter.

     Quite right, however letters that are reproduced in email or
magazines are protected by the copyright thereof.  In other words a
person can't then reproduce the letter unless they find it from some
other source.  As a general rule when I quote extensively from the M's
writings I attach a copyright notice.

> >If someone wants to use the letter for any reason other than
> >non-profit goodwill then they can find it from some other
> >source.  The assumption of the presumption is presumptious.
> I respect your intent, but you may not claim ownership to
> something that does not belong to you.  Sorry.

     It is not ownership but source copyright as described above.

> >K.H. is still alive (physically present on our globe) I believe
> >(perhaps using a different mayavirupa).
> In that case, it is up to "K.H." to claim the copyright.

     Interestingly I originally found the text of the letter in a public
forum on compuserve.  After downloading it and reading it I went back to
the forum in order to find who posted it and inquire as to the
copyright.  Peculiarly I could not find the posting in a search and so
had no one to assign a source copyright to.  Thus, not knowing that it
was found in any other place I attached a "goodwill non-profit" clause
to it whenever I posted it.

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