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Re: [ontolog-forum] Copyright in Taxonomies: Leading case in US law (ADA

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From: Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2010 11:00:54 -0400
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Simon Spero wrote:
> It's not just an argumentation style - it's the law :-)
> Numbers qua numbers are not copyrightable where those numbers are not 
> creative expressions. See Bender v. West Pub. ( 
> http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-2nd-circuit/1274699.html ); the issue 
> also is also disposed of in Feist itself.
>    (01)

Put another way, numeric identifiers and numbers are two different kinds 
of things whose instances happen to use the same character set.  It is a 
common mistake to confuse them.    (02)

-Ed    (03)

Edward J. Barkmeyer                        Email: edbark@xxxxxxxx
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