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Re^8: Style guide for error messages?

by tilly (Archbishop)
on Sep 25, 2005 at 07:19 UTC ( #494876=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^7: Style guide for error messages?
in thread Style guide for error messages?

I don't think that you're a lawyer. Furthermore I suspect that I have more experience than you do when it comes to legal copyright issues. Therefore to take your advice over my best judgement (particularly when there is a real question) would be sheer stupidity on my part.

Perhaps this is a case of once bitten, twice shy, but I'm not planning to push it.

Incidentally if I take a copyrighted work, and then proceed to rewrite it in my own word while making the result close to a copy of the original, then my work is a derivative of the original and I can still be in violation of copyright. Therefore if quoting all 256 recommendations is a violation of copyright, then paraphrasing all of them can be as well.

A final note. O'Reilly is populated with pretty decent people. This is hardly a case of abuse on their part. They know, and I know, that a lot of people are going to buy the book just for the recommendations. I can fully understand their not wanting me to circulate that full list, and I'm not about to start a fight about it. I personally would hope that my article would encourage more people to buy the book. But that isn't my judgement call to make, it is theirs.

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Re^9: Style guide for error messages?
by xdg (Monsignor) on Sep 26, 2005 at 10:52 UTC

    That's too bad, as I think the community misses out. I still hope you'd consider writing your article on the 20 they will allow. (E.g. pick 20 of the 3x10 "essential" practices in the appendix.)


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