Subject: Re: why we aren't using lisp (was New to Lisp)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/06/22
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Kent M Pitman <>
| I don't agree.  A right exists whether it is invoked.

  what can I say?  my sources are a top-notch businessman, it was confirmed
  by an intellectual property lawyer I have known for many years, and even
  reconfirmed by the lawyer who drafted my contracts with the sponsoring
  Taiwanese University and IBM for my work both here and in the U.S.: the
  text of agreements is not copyrighted, and lawyers _want_ to be able to
  use the text of other lawyers' contracts without listing a whole bunch of
  sources or paying fees for the wording.  (sold to the general public,
  other interests in the text come into consideration, of course.)

  I'm sorry I cannot do anything but appeal to "lower authorities", not
  actually having any interest in paying for a lawyer to dig up actual
  references, but in this case, I think you're overreacting.  please ask
  some intellectual property lawyers whether they protect the wording of
  their agreements, and whether there is a customary, if not legal,
  understanding that agreements are supposed to be part of the legal
  framework.  I may have to remind you that the text of laws, etc, isn't
  copyrighted, either, and in this case, there's a law that says it in most
  countries.  the Berne convention does not apply to government property in
  the first place.

@1999-07-22T00:37:33Z -- pi billion seconds since the turn of the century