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I was thinking about that thing I've been doing of using random words in a single sentence, and had an idea for another project. But I wanted to run it by my friends in case it might be against copyright or something. You see, the idea was of picking random words, sentence pieces, and sentences from random books and putting them together in a unique order. Now, I'll be doing this project either way, but if it violates some copyright law I'd either keep it to myself or it would be totally kopyleft and never get published. So, what say thee, my friends?

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drjon
May. 29th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
IANAL, but I expect if the individual pieces you sample are fairly unidentifiable and an extremely small percentage of the source material, and each "lift" was a very small percentage of your overall work, you'd prolly be fine.

It's prolly worth also considering the similarities and differences between what you're proposing and the use of Sampling in music. It might (if the profile of your work rises high enough, and if the profile of the work you're using is high enough) well end up being contentious, but it really is hard to say.

(edited for clarity)

Edited at 2008-05-29 11:06 pm (UTC)
fayanora
May. 30th, 2008 08:15 am (UTC)
Well right now it would just be an experiment.

IANAL

What's that mean?
drjon
May. 30th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, sorry. Let me fix that.

IANAL -- do not take my comments as legal advice. You should always seek specific legal advice from qualified persons for specific matters which may require it.
fayanora
May. 30th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see. I Am Not A Lawyer. Okay.
fayanora
May. 30th, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
PS
Thanks, by the way. You make good points. :-)
dorkphoenyx
May. 30th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
There is a genre that does this - found poetry. It's a totally legit art form. Found Poetry Check out Nets by Brevin (can't remember her first name, sorry), as well. As far as copyrighting goes, generally if an item (a poem, whatever) has legitimate artisitic merit, copyrights and trademarks are much less relevant. Check out Tom Forsythe (he won the case brought against him by Mattel), Dick Detzner (one of my fave artists ever), Illegal Art for some examples. Also, think about using a Creative Commons license; it is more comprehensive and specific than a copyleft. You can choose what type of rights you want to remain, and which you choose to waive/share.
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