On 4/9/2010 11:51 AM, RJack wrote:
You can only claim infringement for works that *you* own. Register *your* contribution and stop claiming rights to ownership of a derivative work as a whole.
That's what registration of copyright means; it reflects the registrant's ownership of rights, but does not impugn the rights of any other holder. <http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Gaiman_v._McFarlane> In addition to the copyright notices, McFarlane registered copyright on the issues and the books. But to suppose that by doing so he provided notice to Gaiman of his exclusive claim to the characters is again untenable. Authors don’t consult the records of the Copyright Office to see whether someone has asserted copyright in their works; and anyway McFarlane’s registrations no more revealed an intent to claim copyright in Gaiman’s contributions, as distinct from McFarlane’s own contributions as compiler and illustrator, than the copyright notices did. The significance of registration is that it is a prerequisite to a suit to enforce a copyright. _______________________________________________ gnu-misc-discuss mailing list email@example.com http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/gnu-misc-discuss