[kde-edu]: KVocTrain maintainer

Jason Harris kstars at 30doradus.org
Sun Nov 14 15:42:30 CET 2004

Hi Marc,

On Nov 13, 2004, at 11:39 PM, Marc Heyvaert wrote:
> However the most important issue related to content is
> copyright. If you have made your vocabulary out of the
> words of a book or computer program to learn chinese,
> we can not publish the file without being in breach of
> the copyright law. So the important question becomes
> 'What is the source of your collection of words and
> phrases?".
I am compiling my phrasebook from a variety of sources.  Most of them 
come from a set of audio CDs for learning Chinese, most of the rest 
come from my girlfriend teaching me some phrases.  In these cases (the 
vast majority), I transcribed the Pinyin myself by listening to the 
Chinese words.  A few come from various books and websites, in which I 
copied the Pinyin directly from the page.

It's my understanding that excerpting a book or website which contains 
lists of factual information is not a copyright violation.  After all, 
no one can copyright the fact that "nie3 hao3" is Chinese for "hello".  
We'd only have a problem if I was copying the copyrightable portions of 
the book, such as the explanatory text, or the full structure of the 
phrase listings.

I will send you the file early next week (I'm away from home at the 

Jason Harris
jharris at 30doradus.org
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