Paul Hartzer wrote: >> From: Lee <[log in to unmask]> >>> From: Daniel Bowman Subject: Conlang copyright To: >>> [log in to unmask] Date: Monday, September 21, 2009, >>> 11:24 PM Furthermore, if I wanted to publish a story of my >>> own that included Angosey after she publishes hers, I might >>> have legal action taken against me. >>> >>> Is this a valid fear? Has anyone else encountered this sort >>> of problem? >> Yes, this is a valid fear. Happens with software all the time. >> >> Slap your copyright notice on the work you did: >> >> Copyright � 2009 Your Name. All rights reserved. > > I am not a lawyer either. However, it seems to me that created > languages fall under trademark law and notoriously amorphous > Intellectual Property law in general, not under copyright law > specifically. Copyright is for specific works (and works > substantively similar); you can copyright a dictionary in a > conlang, you can copyright a poem or piece of fiction in a > conlang (and what would be protected would be the events in that > creative work: I couldn't translate the work into my own language > and then copyright *that*, without the author's permission). Trademarks wouldn't do it either. That's for protecting brand names, logos and the like. Copyrights can protect a particular creative work like a description of the language or works written in the language. I really don't see where anyone could protect a language itself from being used at all without permission though. I t seems that if it was at all possible it would be a patent because it's a specific process.