Friday, December 15, 2006

Inducement in the Colbert Nation

As the Language Log explains, Stephen Colbert has urged his legions of followers to download a replacement entry for their copies of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, allowing them to show the new entry "truthiness" in an alphabetically appropriate place, though requiring the sacrifice of the entry for "try."

Assuming, as is possible in this case, that a single dictionary entry shows enough creativity to be copyrightable, have dutiful Colbert nationals created infringing derivative works? Has Colbert induced them to do so under Grokster?

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