Oh Kevin, don’t go chick on us.
First of all, if you have a clause that I think might save an InterNACHI’s as$ some day… am I supposed to pretend I didn’t read it and then not use it just to protect your feelings at the price of leaving members unprotected? Please.
Furthermore, we in no way violated any copyright you claim. We are creating our form, using our own experience, experts, attorneys, and a number of different sources, by making significant additions and changes to the document you provided. We could have just as easily used one of the other 3 docs we had as a starting place. A few more tweaks by Tuesday and it should be pretty solid. Your’s was a mess, ask any attorney or if you want, I can point out some of the major weaknesses in your doc.
Besides, alleged similarities isn’t the point. Helping InterNACHI members is. Read the COE you agreed to abide by.
And futhermore, copyright protection is limited to “original works of authorship.” There is a reason I recognized some of the language, I wrote it a while back. This makes me question whether the rest of your doc is “original” at all since it contains some wording that I authored in the past.
And finally, your doc contains legal terms and disclaimers used by millions of attorneys every day. You can no more copyright a disclaimer of liability than you can copyright “In Case of Fire, Break Glass” or “Unauthorized Vehicles Will Be Towed” because these are in the public domain.
I’m also spending too much time on this post.