On Tuesday 04 March 2003 09:31 am, Fabrizio R. Del Ferraro wrote: > Hi. I'm new to the list. I just wanted a little info ^_^ > You see, me and a friend of mine are creating a conlang, and the idea of > using the Chinese Hanzi as a writing system seems cool to the both of us. > However, we would like to know this: it's legal if we implement the use of > hanzis into our conlang? I think so, but just to be sure... > Thanks in advance for the attention. It's a good thing you asked. No, it's illegal to use hanzi for any other purposes than writing Chinese languages. Violation of this international law could result in up to 25 years in a Chinese labor camp, with the option of early release by having your organs harvested. Seriously, what kind of question is that? Of course it is legal to use hanzi for whatever purposes you can imagine. I can't imagine the headache of trying to copyright a writing system that's been in use for over four thousand years. Of course, if you like, you could go to the U.S. Patent Office and get a patent describing a means of communication via visual glyphs, but that's the fault of our borked system. :) Welcome to the list! :Peter -- Oh what a tangled web they weave who try a new word to conceive!