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Comment Re:Wow, raising a child with Klingon as first lang (Score 1) 220

In fairness, his wife spoke English with the kid, and he stopped when the kid was clearly rejecting the Klingon.

(Though also, that would probably have happened with other cases of one parent speaking one language to the kid, while understanding the dominant language used by everyone else. No reason to bother learning a language that is not necessary for communicating with anyone, including the person speaking it.)

Comment Re: Elvish (Score 5, Informative) 220

Simple response to this: you can't assign IP that you don't own to begin with. ("Work for hire" is a sort of presumptive assignment doctrine.)

Our argument is that a language *can't* be copyrighted at all in the first place, so it doesn't really matter who made it or what contracts they had.

Of course, the *books* can be copyrighted, and the movies, and the scripts, etc. And they can use trademark to control what's "official" (mostly). But not the language itself.

Comment Re:Can’t copyright a programming language ei (Score 3, Informative) 220

Can't comment on this directly because it's out of scope for us.

However, the API cases are certainly related law. I suggest you google "Charles Duan" + Klingon, Oracle, Lexmark, and/or Cisco. You'll get relevant info; he writes well, both for posts and amicus briefs.

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