Re: Re: Hypothetical Question
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Posted by Tones on May 20, 2003 at 02:55:07:
In Reply to: Re: Hypothetical Question posted by M. Arthur Auslander on May 19, 2003 at 20:34:23:
: : This is a message board. Someone takes every message from this board and writes a book based on the discussions in this forum, at times he uses direct quotes from things we posted here.
: : He copyrights the work as his, gets it published, etc. etc.
: : He makes $800 million dollars as his book becomes a bestseller for 37 consecutive months.
: : He has posted something that I actually wrote. I recognize it and trace it to the web forum.
: : Can I sue the writer and be reimbursed for my contribution to the book?
: M. Arthur Auslander
Thanks for the response. Would you say the reason is because the post was on a message board which is considered public domain?
If so, where in the US Copyright Law do they discuss "public domain?" I have found the web site on Cornel that talks about Copyright Law, and I'm interested in research this law some more as I find it interesting.
The implication being, that if I hum a song to myself, and write a tune, go to a cafe and sing it without having registered my song, and say, for example, Elton John was there, and he listens to it and remembers the lyrics and music and goes to a studio and copyrights it, he will own the music if he copyrighted the song before I did...
Is my assumption correct? What are the key elements here?
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