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Copying positions from books

From:   Stick
Address:   checkmugged@yahoo.com
Date:   28 November 2005
Subject:   Using positions from books, legality?
Forum:   GammOnLine

Is it legal to copy backgammon positions from books?

I have collected tons of positions. In the beginning, though, I didn't
properly label everything.  It never crossed my mind I might later
publish them on a web site. When I put my site together there will
undoubtedly be several previously published problems. Any suggestions? I
doubt that anyone can 'have rights' to a backgammon position, but in the
same respect I'm sure I can't post all of the problems from 501.


Casper van der Tak  writes:

I remember this has been discussed before. An individual position cannot
be copyrighted; a set of positions can be copyrighted.

However, I'd suggest to make an effort to acknowledge the source of your
positions. Writing BG books takes a lot of time, and I cannot imagine
that it has a high financial reward. I think making an effort to
acknowledge sources is the least one can do.

Stein Kulseth  writes:

My 2 cents of advice:

1. When you remember where the position came from give credit.
2. When you have an idea where the postition came from, look it up,
   and give credit if you find it.
3. When you reread your source material, as you probably do from time to
   time, keep half a thought on your published, uncredited positions to
   see if you recognise them.
4. State the facts of the matter on your site, saying that you may not
   have proper credits for all positions, and are happy to receive
   feedback regarding where the positions originate from.
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