[Taxacom] Botanical Plagiarism

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Mon Mar 11 20:12:44 CDT 2013

> One correction: there seem to be general assumption in this thread that
> "opinion" is copyrightable. Under international law this is NOT correct.

I agree completely.  I was mostly focused on words like "intellectual" and
"creative" when talking about copyright.  My reference to "opinion" was in
contrast to "fact", and in my (extremely limited) understanding of
international copyright law, a "fact" cannot generally be copyrighted.  An
"opinion" may or may not be copyrighted, depending on whether or not it
rises to the appropriate level of "intellectual creativity" (however that
might be defined).


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