Let's say I take an out-of-copyright printed edition of a work (P), and type
the main text of it (say, /Hamlet/) into my computer, producing an e-text
(E). I encode it using the TEI guidelines.
I am interested in whether or not I can claim copyright of E, my TEI file.
It is a question of whether E is a " derivative work
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derivative_work> " or contains sufficient "
originality <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Originality> " to qualify for
Has there been a definitive discussion about this anywhere, or is there some
documentation addressing the question? (I've done a keyword search on this
list, but the results were voluminous and irrelevant.)
There's a corollary. If I have copyright of my E, then I have the right to
place a Creative Commons license on the work, if I put it on my public
website, say. If E is merely derivative, then am I right in believing that
I therefore do not have the right to put a CC license on it?
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