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    Re: Almanac Heaven
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2006 Mar 31, 00:06 -0500

    Frank wrote:
    
    > "However, the British also claim copyright over the page  layout of the
    > almanac which is a creative issue. Most everyone agrees that that  claim is
    > proper."
    
    One of the few in disagreement.  When I create a brochure or catalog I can
    copyright the photographs, illustrations, (and if I created new type faces,
    those too).  I cannot copyright the graphic design, no matter how elegant or
    novel, according the the good Copyright and Library of Congress folks.  From
    my vantage point, page or tabular layout falls into the category of graphic
    design.  Of course--with a high-priced intellectual-property attorney--I
    could probably skate around that through some loophole.  For example I
    cannot copyright the individual frames (still photos for all practical
    purpose) of a film but can copyright it as a body of work.  Same with a web
    site.  Page by page, no. As a whole, yes.  I imagine you are too too
    familiar with the software/source code requirements for
    copyright--especially working with the government.
    
    Apologizing in advance, the whole copyright discussion (and the rant on
    physicists) has struck my sense of the ridiculous--or sublime.  I can
    imagine a Monty Python sketch. A physicist attempting to copyright, or
    better yet patent a method for creating the universe.  The Pope and His
    minions arguing that God already holds the patent for creating the universe,
    but had not created patent offices at the time of creation.  It needs to be
    fleshed out, but seems like the makings of a great off-off Broadway show.
    
    
    Bill
    
    PS.  Do not read the above without sending me a signed, predated,
    non-disclosure agreement.
    
    Bill
    
    
    

       
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