Tengwar on a general purpose translation site
dpk at nonceword.org
Sat Mar 12 12:36:05 CST 2022
I note by-the-by that in countries such as Canada where the copyright term is 50 years p.m.a., Tolkien’s works enter the public domain on 1 January 2024 anyway.
This doesn’t help Unicode, which is an international standard published by a US-based consortium. Nor does it help against their rather stretched trademark claims, which are certainly an abuse of intellectual property law.
But it will be interesting to see how they adapt to this new situation.
On 11 Mar 2022, at 07:44, stas via Unicode <unicode at corp.unicode.org> wrote:
> > https://www.tolkienestate.com/frequently-asked-questions-and-links/
> Wow, these people need to relax. I understand they don't want to lose some revenue sources, but this is too much.
> You can't name a park after Tolkien, really?
> Fan Fiction
> The Tolkien Estate has a duty to protect the integrity of Tolkien’s original writings and artworks and takes copyright very seriously. This means that you cannot copy any part of Tolkien’s writings or images, nor can you create materials which refer to the characters, stories, places, events or other elements contained in any of Tolkien’s works.
> "has a duty" - such a bullshit, it's all about money.
> I wonder what Tolkien himself would think about this.
> This is a good example of intellectual property rights stifling innovation.
> (and why the fuck they disabled text copying on their site? too much)
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