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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. Life's adventures, Patrick -- *** A.Priori / 6524 San Felipe #323 / Houston, TX 77057 USA *** email@example.com / http://users.aol.com/psychosoph/home.html