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I have a publisher asking for a collection of my scribbles, and I was considering sending in one of the "I AM" poems that Keep popping up (ok, ok... at MY doing   lol). The question I have:

What would be the copyright on them? I did not come up with the format, however the rest of the thoughts are completely my own.

I do not need to include it, just would like to add the last one I did.

Thanks in advance.

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1 posted 08-03-2005 11:50 AM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

This is a toughie.  I don't think many have actually copyrighted poetry formats, but there's a first time for anything.  Hence the concern on that one, the concern being that any other I Am poems which follow the format given by XAngel back in 1998, which I think she got from her son who got it from his English teacher who either created it or got it elsewhere, could call into scrutiny those other poems.  Personally, I'd either hold onto that one, or give an explanation about the source format if you choose to include that one in your submitted collection of personal scribbles.
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Personally, I'd either hold onto that one, or give an explanation about the source format if you choose to include that one in your submitted collection of personal scribbles.

Good advice. But "format", I believe, would be open - insomuch as one could [probably not] copyright the format of a sonnet, or free verse, etc.

However, a word to this publisher that "this particular format" stemmed from [this person] would not hurt. At least he would know you're up front!

Because, your own I Am poems are just that. Your poems.

Good luck, Ringo!
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3 posted 08-03-2005 12:35 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Right Sunny One.

Though forms and formats are generally on the lines of beats, line counts, technique and so forth, the I Am template is rather specific in form and line themes, though not on rhythm, stresses or rhyme.

There probably wouldn't be an issue though.  Howsoever, never underestimate the unscrupulous.
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4 posted 08-03-2005 01:32 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

quote:
never underestimate the unscrupulous


'Zactly, Ali. That's why you're the smart one!
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5 posted 08-03-2005 08:07 PM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

Thanks, guys... (and gals). I knew the Pip Crew would come across with some info.
I was going through the archives, and looking at a few that I haven't published here, and figured that I had enough wothout it, so I'll keep that one to enjoy for myself.

Thanks again.

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Why not ask your editor?
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7 posted 08-03-2005 09:24 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Ringo?



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