Tanaqui tweaver at
Fri Jul 21 12:28:40 EDT 2000

Mary Ann:
[ "His will, dictated to a lawyer, makes no mention of a     ]
[ literary legacy and who should inherit it."                ]

+ Also what would an heir inherit? There was no copyright. 

Literary material didn't have all the prohibitive fencing erected around
modern intellectual copyright. Most of the plays would have attracted some
sort of intellectual property theft lawsuit if the situation in Shakspir's
time were anything like ours. Even the "sourceless" three (LLL, MND and TT)
might have had sources subsequently lost, and the origins of the other plots 
are pretty clear. Add the level of reference which leads the Bacon theorists 
to decide that this couldn't have been written by a player (ignoring the fact 
that an excellent retentive memory is a prerequisite of the job), and there 
would have been such serious Cinderella syndrome that Shakspir would probably 
have starved to death.

No copyright, and no big fat _Complete Plays_ books, either.

That caveat in the front of books about "storing in a retrieval system"
always makes me wonder about eidetics and people with photographic or
highly-trained memories. If you memorise an entire page of a random book
as part of your stage act, are you obliged to pay off the author of the
original? Probably not, as the incorporation of other people's lines as
"collapsed code", a symbolic echo-reference to their work embedded in your 
own seems to be a cool literary trick again. So, even in the literary world,
that injunction seems to have little force. 

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