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Contentious Construction: Does Language Fit into Copyright's Mold?

By Joshua L. Simmons and Megan L. McKeown

©2017. Published in Landslide, Vol. 9, No. 6, July/August 2017, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

Language can serve various purposes. For some, it is merely the way humans communicate with each other. For others, it is a set of rules on how to arrange words to permit communication. And for a select few, the creation of new languages is an expressive activity through which ideas about language, both human and computer, are conveyed.

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