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Re: Copyright/Donated books

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MaryAnn Kohl (maryann)
Thu, 22 Apr 99 17:42:38 -0700

I didn't see this posted, so I'm sending it for the second time. if you
already read it, delete it and accept my apologies for double-sending:

for those who share their ideas through email or any written form:
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. I know I was surprised the first time it was explained to me!!
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 ....
and again, the idea of Baker's Clay (how to make it, how to use it) is
not copyrightable, only the exact wording of how that recipe/activity is
This has confused a lot of people for a long time. But there it is.
Hope that helps.

Donated Books:
>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 with the donated books 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 ALL!! 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?)

MaryAnn F. Kohl (WA)