Copyright cheatsheets

Lara D. Friedman

Message 3680 · 23 Feb 1996 04:11:20 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Don't get me wrong -- I'm all for copyright, a conviction that has been
reinforced by my recent studies for a Master of Information and Library
Studies degree. However, am I the only one who thinks that it's a bit
unnatural to restrict dances taught only to those for which one has a
legal and complete copy of the original instructions? While I agree
that it should be considered a violation of copyright (or at the very
least, a discourtesy to the author) to widely distribute or publish
cribs, it seems entirely natural that one sees a dance (at a day school, a
demonstration, ball or whatever), perhaps makes some notes to aid the
memory and then teaches it to others. Isn't that how people have learned
dances for far longer than formal instructions have been around? While
you can perhaps copyright a specific set of dance instructions, I don't
think you can copyright the dance as a physical entity, nor would it be
desirable. Even though it may lead to some "unauthorized" changes in the
dance, I believe it is a healthy phenomenon.

--Lara

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