DRM technology and policy

Bill Frantz frantz at pwpconsult.com
Wed Apr 23 14:18:15 EDT 2003

At 10:47 AM -0700 4/23/03, bear wrote:
>On Tue, 22 Apr 2003, John S. Denker wrote:
>>My unpublished notes are protected by copyright.
>>They are also private.  The copyright will eventually
>>expire.  It is not guaranteed or even likely that the
>>material will become public at that time.
>>(Note that patents are different from copyrights.)
>Copyright wasn't necessary in this case.  What
>you don't disclose doesn't become public, and
>doesn't need to eventually become public property.
>In fact, I'd consider this a "privacy" protection
>rather than a "copyright" protection, because
>you're not seeking payment for those notes (ie,
>you are not selling that work to the public via
>the copyright transaction). But in the same way
>laws against sexual harassment are often couched
>in terms of sexual discrimination (and therefore
>don't apply to bisexual harassers?), the laws
>protecting privacy are couched in terms of

Your unpublished notes are protected by trade secret.  Should they become
published, then you can assert copyright to try to limit the damage.

Cheers - Bill

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