Re: Copyright laws

From: Eduardo Gutierrez de Oliveira (
Date: 10/18/96

On Thu, 17 Oct 1996, Steve Reeves wrote:

> >> I steal a copy, go into a text editor, change it a little bit, and change
> >> the copyright to ME. I now use it in my mud.
> >BUZZ!  Notta, theres a little thing called plagiarism, and go and ask any 
> >english teacher, and plagiarism is not fixed by changing a small portion 
> >of the work, if you use that work, as a base, or unmodified, it is still 
> >copyright that person.
> Well, technically, you can get away with using someone else's copyright work
> as a base, if you change at least 70% of it.  [Or that's what I was told
> several years back by someone.]  But then, I guess if you changed 70%, it'd
> be essentially your own work..

Just note, this 100% concept implies both 'look' and 'concept', that is,
you could change 100% of the text and still be violating copyrights by
using the same 'concept', it is easier to see the exmaple of a picture or
a photo. You could see a great concepto on a photo, and instead of
photocopying the thing you go and make a photo with exactly the same
parts, it would look very much the same, but to be literal, it would not
be the same at all, it would also be 100% different (because none of the
parts of the original were taken), this is not considered fair use because
you are still stealing the concept.



Eduardo Gutierrez de Oliveira        
Administrador de Internet                            Internet Administrator
Proveedor de Servicio Internet    CIATEQ, A.C.    Internet Service Provider
 Centro de Investigacion y Asistencia Tecnica del Estado de Queretaro, A.C.

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