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A Legalistic Thing Called Love by Daniel Clausen

PostPosted: November 03, 2016, 08:33:35 PM
by kailhofer
A the lawyers gain more and more strength over our society, I think the notion proposed in the story, that someone could actually own a word we use all the time, to be legitimately frightening.

Don't you?

Re: A Legalistic Thing Called Love by Daniel Clausen

PostPosted: November 04, 2016, 02:09:52 PM
by KateStuart
This is such a tightly well-written story and so much fun.

But working for lawyers and seeing how completely they rely on previously written material (these are the people who invented "boilerplate") I have a hard time seeing them agreeing to, let alone lobbying for, ownership of words.

And it's not that they aren't that egotistical; it's just when it comes to writing they have a fairly high threshold for wholesale plagiarism.

Still, this character and his paranoia (and obvious relationship issues) is a riot.

Re: A Legalistic Thing Called Love by Daniel Clausen

PostPosted: November 04, 2016, 05:59:51 PM
by Lester Curtis
Peculiar and amusing little bit of fantasy.

Not gonna happen. In order for his plan to be effective, he'd have to get worldwide rights, in every one of 6000+ languages, just to keep damn near everyone from just grabbing a substitute and thumbing their noses at him. No one could live that long, and besides, the pissed-off public could just pass the word to all use his 'property', in public, on the same day, and dare him to sue them all. A sort of vocal version of a DoS attack.

How would he enforce it anyway?

Fun story, though, and I think the point of it isn't so much about owning a common word as it is about the kind of person who'd be obsessed with doing that.

Re: A Legalistic Thing Called Love by Daniel Clausen

PostPosted: November 04, 2016, 06:00:57 PM
by Doug Minton
KateStuart wrote:This is such a tightly well-written story and so much fun.

But working for lawyers and seeing how completely they rely on previously written material (these are the people who invented "boilerplate") I have a hard time seeing them agreeing to, let alone lobbying for, ownership of words.

And it's not that they aren't that egotistical; it's just when it comes to writing they have a fairly high threshold for wholesale plagiarism.

Still, this character and his paranoia (and obvious relationship issues) is a riot.

You are so smart! You're the best editor I've encountered anywhere. I can imagine this site's leadership must really appreciate having you at the helm.

I like the deep way you express things, seeing into the structure of a plot and pointing out things the author has eluded to within their story.

I must write something and send it to you for review so I can benefit from your commentary.

Doug