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Re: Donated books/Copyright

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MaryAnn Kohl (maryann)
Wed, 21 Apr 99 18:16:23 -0700

>I would like to thank you for donating your books to each teacher at
>the Elementary Division Luncheon at NAEA. It is good that you came on
>line to clarify your position. Most of the recipes in your Mudworks book are
>generic that no one could claim to own them.

You're welcome! My intent was to distribute some "old" bruised
copies I had (I usually give them to kids in schools), and thought that
of all the people who deserve something free, it's ART TEACHERS. Hooray
for art teachers! Hooray for TEACHERS, of which I consider myself one
even though I no longer have my own classroom. Enjoy the recipes....!!
I have given all 200 away, and nope, sorry, I don't have any more.
If I did, I would send them out to a first come, first served list. But,
no.... all gone. Hopefully next year I will have more. Last year I gave
out 200 Good Earth Art books to the same luncheon.
Anyone with a needy cause can always ask me for donations. I usually
get the bulk of my bruised copies sent to me in January of each year, and
I always have some to donate to something!! (Or I could sell them for
half price, but.... why?)

This might be a good time to explain something about the copyright
law to those who may not know, so you will understand what it's about in
a nutshell. The copyright law states that ideas are not copyrightable,
only the **expression** of those ideas. In other words, they way the idea
is written -- the exact words and phrasing -- is copyrightable, not the
idea itself. For example, if you look at 5 cookbooks about breads, all of
them will have banana bread, but each one will be written in a slightly
different way. No two can be exactly alike. That is why so many books
have the same ideas, but presented in different "expressions". So, you
might find Baker's Clay in every book about crafts that you can find ....
the idea is not copyrightable, only the exact wording of how that recipe
is written.
This has confused a lot of people for a long time. But there it is.
Hope that helps.

MaryAnn F. Kohl (WA)