Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Two new symbols

F and S [in circles] might be useful
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C in a circle means “copyright claimed”.

T in a circle means “trademark”.

R in a circle means “registered”.

How about two new ones?

F in a circle [I propose] means “feel completely free to use this idea” as applies [I understand] in the Halfbakery.

S in a circle [I propose] means “Share some of any money you make from this idea with a charity of your choice.”

Dream stuff? Probably.

rayfo, Oct 10 2000


       And of course backwards G-in-a-circle for GPL'ed stuff.   

       BTW, ideas on the halfbakery are not in the public domain in the sense that you could copy their text and claim you wrote it - while the halfbakery doesn't add special protections, it doesn't take any of your rights away, either. (And that includes the copyright for any text you write.)
jutta, Oct 10 2000

       HTML formatting: no, except <br> happens to work at the end of a line. You can probably use almost all of iso8859-1, though.
jutta, Oct 10 2000

       The public domain aspect of Halfbakery is that if you have a patentable idea, you have one year from the date it is first published (such as on Halfbakery, for instance) to apply for a U.S. patent. For patent coverage elsewhere in the world, if you have not filed an application before publication, you lose the right to apply when the idea is published.
beauxeault, Oct 11 2000

       Published *ideas* are not protected in any case, unless you patent them, so I'm not sure why you'd want to use a symbol to mark what other people can do with "your" idea; they can do whatever they want.   

       (Ideas are not generally very valuable, anyway.)   

       I could see using some new psuedo-symbols for copyright licenses, but my objections are similar to those voiced against the idea of inventing a character to represent the word "http". Copyright is actually a much more general concept than any particular license (such as a freeware license, or the GPL, or a shareware license).   

       That all said, a left-facing (backwards) C in a circle has been used to denote "copyleft", or GPL, by some people.   

       Finally, your list omits M in a circle, which denotes the obscure "mask rights" form of intellectual property protection, which applies only to integrated circuit designs.
egnor, Oct 11 2000

       Thanx all. An enlightening exchange.
rayfo, Oct 17 2000

       D in a circle: excluded from the public domain from now until the heat-death of the Universe. Also known as the Disneyright.
yppiz, Nov 19 2002

       Another symbol: (P) [with a circle] indicates master. Used for audio recordings, especially those produced under compulsory recording license. If I wanted to produce a cover of e.g. the song Memory (by Andrew Lloyd Webber, from the musical CATS, copyright owned by The Really Useful Group, Ltd.), I would send a letter via certified mail to The Really Useful Group Ltd. stating that I wanted a compulsory license. Unless other arrangements were reached, I would pay them eight cents per copy, and the copies would most properly be marked:   

       (C) 1982 The Really Useful Group Ltd. (P) 2002 [me]
supercat, Nov 20 2002

       Yeah you could have a P in a circle so that you know that its been pirated...
Supercruiser, Nov 20 2002

       //Yeah you could have a P in a circle so that you know that its been pirated...//   

       Who said anything about pirating? I was discussing the proper form for copyright notices for legally-produced audio recordings.
supercat, Nov 20 2002


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