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[Freeciv] Re: it's like a screenplay

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Subject: [Freeciv] Re: it's like a screenplay
From: "Per I. Mathisen" <Per.Inge.Mathisen@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 11:04:08 +0200 (MET DST)

On Thu, 20 Jul 2000, Arkadiusz Danilecki wrote:
> If i understand you correctly, then if i with my friends make a
> screenplay based on Hamlet, just for fun, not for money, only for friends,
> we are infringing copyrights? Iiick. Lawyers should be shot.

Hamlet is a bad example, since the copyright on Shakespeare's works have
long since expired and they are now in the public domain, but the question
is good.

If writer A writes a screenplay and calls it Dumblet, then writer B cannot
write the same screenplay again, call it Humblet and publish it without
much legal ado. However, legal practice permits quite a lot of copying of
ideas between works of art before ruling that they are essentially _the
same_, which is necessary for ruling it a copyright violation.



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