From: "Andreas Johansson" <[log in to unmask]> > What's a given is that you've got copyright on all and any actual texts you > write in or of your conlangs; the debate is about whether and to what extent > it's acceptable to extract linguistic information therefrom and compile lexica > and the like. Somewhat along those lines, I've been wondering myself if it would be copyright infringement (or at least a legal form of theft of intellectual property if not) to use a reconstructed protolanguage as a basis for a conlang, such as Pokorny's Indo-European. I'm asking because I'm using the Bomhard-Kerns Nostratic work *a lot* for Tech, and the CJK data for Big Six will be taken from the Unihan database (part of Unicode), among other things. It's not the same as deriving a conlang of my own from one of Tolkien's, but still I'm asking. Whatever the case, if I ever publish fantasy/sci-fi work involving Techians, there will definitely be a mention of any and all sources in the Appendix on the Tech language.