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Can You Copyright Your Letter To The Editor?

There's been somewhat of a running conversation about the use of copyrights in RSS feeds and blogs.

Here's a new one for you: a copyright asserted by a reader who commented on one of MIPTC's posts on drunk driving. Yep, right there in the comment section.

Bruce Alm, the commenter, had also posted his thoughts earlier, and perhaps both of his comments qualify as spam, but the new copyright claim is unique nonetheless. My first question was whether his copyright is registered, but even if it is (it's not), MIPTC has an implied license to use it.

If it had in fact been registered, then not for commercial use, but fair use. Without a copyright, it's open season.

Even so, since Mr. Alm put it here (as opposed to there, where it likely originally came from), for now here it will stay, copyright claim and all.

Besides, the message is a good one. No more "one for the road."

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