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|Mar-20-13|| ||Richard Taylor: Eric Schiller was ill last time I heard. But best wishes and I hope you (he) is well) or better.|
|Mar-20-13|| ||whiteshark: Happy Birthday, Eric!
Get well soon! Health is really our greatest asset.
|Mar-20-13|| ||chancho: Happy Birthday, Mr Schiller.|
|Mar-20-13|| ||PawnSac: <GM Nakamura's reaction on Twitter
suggests that he is not really happy:
"It is truly disgusting that people are allowed to write books and profit
off of our games without our permission".>
I am a hydraulic engineer, and regularly write technical material and create new products, redesign of parts, and so forth. I have several US patents on parts i've designed, and new technology i've created, so i'm familiar with patents and copyrights.
I know books are a slightly different area of legalese, as far as what constitutes "plagarism" and so forth. But in general i think it runs this way..
The games themselves, since they are in the public venue, can not be copyrighted. Take for example a football game. No player can demand royalties from a sports commentator for doing an article or news brief on his play. The game in that sense is public domain.
The chess game score sheets are also not copyrighted, and as on chessgames.com are available for download or review, and are entered into public domain. Now if Naka wrote a book, and another book quoted his text without permission, that is, a sizeable enough portion, THEN that would be "illegal".
But a brief quote, like for example..
<Hikaru, in his book, [title], said that the line following [move sequence] "leads to a white advantage", and we tend to agree.> where the quote is Naka's, is also acceptable. It's like quoting the president in a speech, or a player who made a public comment during interview. As long as you QUOTE ACCURATELY (so as not to distort) and GIVE CREDIT for the source, its like quoting Encyclopedia Britannica. Just like a paper written for a philosophy course, or such in university. The Tarabian format and requirement for a certain number of quotes from ORIGINAL SOURCE DOCUMENTS with appropriate footnotes teaches a proper scholastic method for citing other's work.
This is acceptable and is part of intellectual freedom. BUT when the quantity gets larger (like pages of text) THEN there is a breach, since anything beyond a reasonable quote must have written permission from author and/or publisher.
As for books... the name of any public figure, whether sports, TV, etc can be used as long as it is not derogatory (defamatory libel).
Further, when one writes a book, it is not really the game score one buys, but the COMMENTARY, background information, and insight and so forth that the author contributes. For example, if i buy MY 60 MEMORABLE GAMES, it is not the game score i want but Fischer's analysis!
THATS what i pay for. I can get the game scores from various sources.
Now if an author writes a book, and someone else uses the same commentary and insight on the same game, even if he changes the words around a little, can STILL constitute a breach of copyright or theft of intellectual property.
But really.. Naka's response is very immature. He should be PLEASED that people are using his name and citing his games. It makes him famous! THEN when he writes his own book, it is considered all the more valuable and his sales go up! The fact that every GM on the planet was preoccupied with Fischer's games and performance record is exactly what made Fischer's books best sellers!
|Mar-20-13|| ||perfidious: <PawnSac> Wonder how Naka might have felt at a tender young age when he was learning from grandmaster games, had someone suggested that he be unable to use such-and-such information, because it was copyrighted.|
|Mar-20-13|| ||kingfu: Happy Birthday, Boss.|
|Mar-20-13|| ||Castleinthesky: Happy Birthday!!
Nakamura's statement is totally illogical. Does he mean to say that he never read a book where the author anaylzed a chess game of other chess players. As virtually every opening repetoire book does?
Eric has always brought the fun and novelty into chess. I hope he does for many years to come.
|Mar-20-13|| ||tpstar: <Eric Schiller> Happy Birthday!!|
|Apr-01-13|| ||Eric Schiller: Been ill and busy writing and teaching but hope to visit more frequently.|
|Apr-17-13|| ||PawnSac: < perfidious: <PawnSac> Wonder how Naka might have felt at a tender young age when he was learning from grandmaster games, had someone suggested that he be unable to use such-and-such information, because it was copyrighted. >|
Precisely. An inflated ego distorts the perspective. If he had the same mental disposition as when he was a kid he would consider it an honor to help the young aspiring players.
|Apr-17-13|| ||PawnSac: <Eric Schiller: Been ill and busy writing and teaching but hope to visit more frequently.> |
Hope you're feeling better.
A CONTACT button on your web page would be helpful. Or post a generic non-personal contact email address, so that if someone wants to contribute a comment it doesn't have to be public. For example..
your web page.. "I teach chess and English skills on the SF Peninsula and online. In < 20011 > I am teaching at Palo Verde, International and Las Lomitas schools for Bay Area Chess."
I know you're a popular guy, but find it astounding that someone would book you 18 thousand years in advance! <grin>
Anyway.. I have proof-read technical material for decades, and even in some of my writing there are occasional typo's. I appreciate it when people bring things to my attention. it is SO easy for stuff to pass the eye test. The problem is the brain does "auto correction".
Just a suggestion.
|Jun-19-13|| ||Eric Schiller: New health issues limit my chess activity at present, I hope to be back in the fall.|
|Jun-19-13|| ||TheFocus: <Eric> I know that we only wish for your well return. Take care of yourself and your health, and everything else will fall in place.|
|Jun-19-13|| ||DoctorD: Yes, Mr.Schiller I agree, hope all turns out well for you. I have been critical of some of your work in the past but I certainly appreciate your productivity and your love for chess, which is what binds us all. Get well!|
|Jul-08-13|| ||TheFocus: <Eric> I must warn you that <AJ Goldsby> is again claiming that I am you. He thinks that I am after him for his bashing of your books.|
I am sorry that he attacks you through me. I hope that you get well soon.
|Oct-03-13|| ||Eric Schiller: John Watson and I have just finished a major new book, Taming Wild Chess Openings, for eplus chess books, available later this year for ipad and iphone. A print version will appear eventually.|
|Oct-03-13|| ||MarkFinan: Hi Eric.. Firstly, although AJ Goldsby may have criticised your books, he's not attacking you through <Thefocus> at all, he just flatteringly for ,<Thefocus> thought he was you!|
Now the Muppet has promised to give AJ, "No quarter no mercy" for the mistaken identity, so I'd say it's the little runt Thefocus who must not like you.
I know, it's pathetic, but Thefocus is a pathetic little man anyway, so being mistaken for a successful author must really hurt him....not!
Peace out Mr Schiller
|Nov-02-13|| ||DrNyet: That eplus chess book reader is the bomb!|
|Dec-24-13|| ||brankat: Greetings Eric!
Wishing You a very Happy Holiday season!
|Dec-24-13|| ||moronovich: Merry Christmas <Eric>|
And all the best for the New Year !
|Dec-25-13|| ||TheFocus: <Eric Schiller> Merry Christmas!|
|Aug-05-15|| ||James Demery: Hi Eric. l was curious why didnt u become a GM? l dont mean that in a hateful way l mean it more like why do some people become GM's and others dont? Do they have a knowledge of chess that u lack? U have PhD so obviously u have more than enough intelligence. Did u not have time?|
|Oct-29-15|| ||parisattack: Anyone with an update on Herr Schiller?
I was studying is Pterodactyl book last night, wondering how he is doing.
|Jan-03-16|| ||Caissanist: Eric still posts to Facebook regularly. His health is obviously not great, but he's hanging in there: https://www.facebook.com/eric.schil... .|
|Apr-30-18|| ||Richard Taylor: I saw a book of strange openings written or co-written by Schiller. I also have an old book about defense which has some good games in it and is well written although there are some printing typo errors but it is still good on defence and counter attack etc.|
I was also wondering about his health when I saw the 'April Fools Mate' GOTD just now in the Pakham's Attack I think it is...
Maybe specializing in "weird" might help in weekenders and blitz for players who don't like learning main lines (and are ordinary lowish rated club players like myself, when I play which is rare these days...)
Some of those strange openings can be unsettling to face.
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