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

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2010 10:36:18 -0400
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On 10/30/2010 9:46 AM, Pavithra wrote:
> Language itself is man made.    (01)

That is a questionable use of the term 'man made'.  It's equivalent
to claiming that birdsong is bird made or swimming is fish made.    (02)

Saying that something is man made implies that somebody deliberately
made it.  But until early humans had reached a level of language use
that enabled them to reflect on the nature and structure of language,
they didn't make any conscious decisions to invent or extend language.    (03)

In any case, the conscious decision behind this thread was to discuss
the legal status of copyrighting ontologies and other resources.    (04)

John    (05)

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