Dan et al > That example of "You are NOT required to get more than one estimate" > would not be considered plagerism, I think that you might > have a problem with "Using our 16 and a half point precision > inspection" and then proceed to list the 16 and a half > points, that might be a grey area. Where others might have > 17 or 18 or 124. Once you get in something that isnt > industry standard, but is marketing lingo or a marketing idea > that is specific to one outfit you could be getting into trouble. "A copyright covers the expression of an idea, not the idea itself [..]. For example, if a book is written describing a new way to organize books in a library, a copyright does not prohibit a reader from freely using and describing that concept to others; [..]. "In some cases, ideas may be capable of intelligible expression in only one or a limited number of ways. Therefore even the expression in these circumstances is not covered. In the United States this is known as the merger doctrine, because the expression is considered to be inextricably merged with the idea. Merger is often pleaded as an affirmative defense to charges of infringement. That doctrine is not necessarily accepted in other jurisdictions." <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright> I would interpret this to mean that unless one had patented the 16.5 point precision inspection, there would be no legal basis for preventing another person or organisation from using it. If each point were sufficiently succint, then there would also be no legal basis for preventing another person or organisation from describing it in a similar manner. Of course, Wikipedia is not the definitive resource for the international legal community, but the explanation provided certainly makes logical sense. -- Chris Marsh Software Developer t: +44 20 8246 4804 x828 f: +44 20 8246 4808 e: chris at globet.com w: http://www.globet.com/ Any opinions expressed in this email are those of the individual and not necessarily the Company. This message is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is confidential and privileged and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please contact the sender immediately and delete it from your system.