Re: [OT]Look alike figures and copyright
From: Allan Goodall <awg@s...>
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2001 01:16:19 -0400
Subject: Re: [OT]Look alike figures and copyright
On Mon, 2 Jul 2001 17:09:18 +0100 (), Jeremey Claridge
>There must be some law allowing you to have something that looks like
>the original but where you have personally made it from scratch.
No, there isn't. Or rather, it depends on how close you are. If you're
but not exact, you're probably safe. Safe from losing, that is. Not safe
having to defend yourself in a lawsuit.
>A bit like Jon with any rules he has written. You cannot put up the
>straight out of the book but you can put up your own house rules based
>on that system.
Written work is different. Intellectual property rights where written
concerned has been hashed out very clearly. It's a lot easier to see if
something is exact, close, or different. Other art forms are not so cut
And then there's trademark law, but we won't get into that...
Allan Goodall firstname.lastname@example.org
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