RE: ASJA Contracts Watch

From: Mike Bradley <mbradley[_at_]techpubs.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 1996 13:12:39 -0800

> This isn't the first time that I've heard that "free for the taking is
> an idea whose time has passed", but I don't see that as true. There is
> now, and will continue to be, a large amount of non-commercial
> information on the Internet. Non-commercial, of course, does not mean
> not copyrighted, just as copyrighted does not mean that you have to
> pay to view it.

Just a reminder that information is free; it's the expression in which the information is used that isn't free and which can be copyrighted. The problem that creators of intellectual property have is with people who re-use the expression instead of re-using only the information.

(I guess there are exceptions. Aren't new genes and plant species pure information?)



  Mike Bradley
  mbradley[_at_]techpubs.com

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