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Re: GNU Free Database License

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: GNU Free Database License
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2006 21:57:24 +0200 (CEST)

   >    I'm not sure what you mean by "presented", but M-W has a
   >    copyright on its particular entry for "hello". The above from
   >    your CED is too short to be creative, so it's not
   >    copyrighted. But I would not call M-W's text a "presentation".
   > What if my CED contains "over 30,000 entries" like that?  Would
   > that in your opinion be copyrightable?  I don't think it would.

   Size doesn't matter. A haiku is only 3 lines yet covered by
   copyright. A phonebook of the entire USA probably weighs more than
   I do but is not covered.

I think you're sleeping again. :-) `The above from your CED is too
short to be creative'.

   Well, if you want to call the OED and M-W a "word encyclopedia" and
   not a dictionary, I guess we are on the same page. OED entries are
   copyrighted, the short phrases from a "simple dictionary" are not.

You are again implying that longer phrases, for example several
entries, would be copyrighted.  I.e that size does infact matter,
while just above you say that it doesn't.


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