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Re: st: RE: PS on Stata colours


From   Marcello Pagano <pagano@hsph.harvard.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: RE: PS on Stata colours
Date   Tue, 15 Feb 2011 11:18:05 -0500

In October 1984, Fred L. Worth, author of /The Trivia Encyclopedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trivia_Encyclopedia>/, /Super Trivia/, and /Super Trivia II/, filed a $300 million lawsuit against the distributors of /Trivial Pursuit/. He claimed that more than a quarter of the questions in the game's Genus Edition had been taken from his books, even to the point of reproducing typographical errors and deliberately placed misinformation <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictitious_entry>. One of the questions in /Trivial Pursuit/ was "What was Columbo <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbo_%28TV_series%29#The_.22Philip_Columbo.22_myth>'s first name?" with the answer "Philip". That information had been fabricated to catch <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_trap> anyone who might try to violate his copyright <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringement>.^[5] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trivial_Pursuit#cite_note-4>

Worth's arguments were rejected by the courts.

m.p.

On 2/15/2011 10:25 AM, Nick Cox wrote:
The numerical analyst L.J. Comrie faked some of the digits in his logarithm tables, as he was so annoyed by being ripped off repeatedly by plagiarists.

Nick
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk

Allan Reese (Cefas)

it sounds rather like the idea of putting
duff information on maps so you can prove copyright.

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