Talk:Copyright

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What exactly does it entail that HBO has copyright on Dothraki? Eg. could I compile a machine-readable dictionary and license it under the GNU GPL for use in a free and open source machine translation system? I know languages are typically uncopyrightable (for good reasons), but are conlangs in a legal grey area here? --Unhammer 13:40, 1 August 2010 (UTC)

Moved this to Talk. As for copyright: it means that they have the legal commerical rights to the language. There's no precedent for legal action concerning constructed languages, as far as I am aware: but all words and rules are properties of the LCS and HBO. My guess is that you are allowed to do that, as long as you state on Apertium that this is a constructed language owned by HBO, and that you promise to take it down at their request, if they request it. Consult here for the official statements regarding copyright: Dothraki About. Finally, my dictionary is machine readable, if you're interested in using that. It's a MySQL database that, as far as I know, also generates a SQL and possibly a CSV file. Contact me if you would like to use it - if this language is anything like Na'vi, it will be the most constantly updated and available. Lajaki 02:21, 2 August 2010 (UTC)
OK, sounds like it would not be feasible to put a free software license on the language data in that case (without settling the question of ownership of con-langs in court… eek). --Unhammer 07:06, 12 August 2010 (UTC)
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