Hmm-- in my Cindu/Kash back-story, I don't use Le Guin's _Ekumen_ for my Galactic Unity, but I do refer to the Hainish people. But I think, aside from Le Guin, I've seen the Hainish mentioned in other writers' works...or am I mistaken?? --- On Mon, 9/28/09, Benct Philip Jonsson <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > In general ideas aren't copyrightable, only > specific published written/filmed/drawn/painted/etc. > works..... > So e.g. "The Lord of the Rings" or "The Silmarillion" > are under copyright, but "Middle-earth" is not; > however you can't use names, characters or places > from a work under copyright in your own work, so > you couldn't publish a story about a place called > "Gondor" in a continent called "Middle-earth"!