There’s not a lot of evidence on how or where Bell got his poems, but it looks
like he weeded out the works that he didn’t feel were actual poems and used
everything else. This is a little wishy-washy but for the most part is not
creative at all.
Author made edits (punctuation, capitalization, etc.)
These also don’t cut it, they’re just correcting/formatting.
West publishes all legal opinions
In this case they’re similar to the Dorothy Parker poems in that they’re
printed, not selected through some creative process.
Issue at hand is the copyrightability of West’s cases and star pagination.
Basically star pagination allows cases to be cited in the West style
even if not using the West Reporter.
The court basically says that page numbers, like puntuation, are purely
Remember the 3 conceptual ways to think of work:
Stand alone works (“something else in Versteeg Speak)
Derivative work: a work based upon one or more preexisting works,
such as a translation, musical arrangement, dramatization,
fictionalization, motion picture version, sound recording, art
reproduction, abridgment, condensation, or any other form in which a
work may be recast, transformed, or adapted. A work consisting of
editorial revisions, annotations, elaborations, or other modifications
which, as a whole, represent an original work of authorship, is a