Reply to Johnson on copyrights

Marc Kodack (Kodack@SMTP.LMS.USACE.ARMY.MIL)
Wed, 8 Feb 1995 07:07:10 -0600

Concerning copyrights Robert Johnson wrote: "Lets get
this straight. Because indigenous peoples for the most part
don't have written ie Western forms of cultural
expression they're
not going to get copyright protection? You guys are
going to have to
start reading within the discipline, educating yourselves
as to legal
developments both international and U.S., and start
getting over
your ethnocentric, patronizing, racially motivated

Copyrights are not limited to written forms of expression even
in the U.S. For example, a growing debate concerns how
software and its distribution over the Internet will protect the
authors rights under U.S. and international copyrights.
However, in the U.S., the holder of the copyright, which may
not be the author, can only retain that copyright for a total of
56 years after which it passes into the public domain. For
software, some companies are now trademarking their
software in addition to copyrighting it.

Marc Kodack