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In my free time lately, I've been trying to come up with the meaning of life. For some reason, I keep getting 42.5, so somewhere, I'm have an error in my calculations...
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Which begs the question: When is it a tribute, and when is it idea-theft?
Depends. In the case of satire or parody, you can get away with quite a lot of borrowing, and it is still considered legitimate. Otherwise, there's "fair dealing for the purpose of criticism or review", but the accepted limits on that are pretty tight - and the use really has to be as described (criticism or review). Other than that, you can't legitimately borrow much more than short quotes without specific permission.
... I would read this, if you would post it.
It's up here: http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/accesssaga.doc
I recommend first going to a Japanese website, such as toho.co.jp or yahoo.co.jp to have windows install Japanese text support.
Also, you should know that it was never finished. I cut out a huge chunk, about half the story, from the middle to meet our maximum page limit in class. That and it was written in about an hour, heh.