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Under copyleft, can people change each other's information?
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Yes, but as implemented in EcoPort, only by making a copy of the original and modifying the copy. The original version in EcoPort, if it has been created and inserted under password protection by the original author, cannot, in this form, including the display of the author's institutional logo, be modified by anybody else. Anything less would be intolerable: imagine a situation wherein one person could change the content displayed under another person's logo or trademark! Legal liability would rest with the owner of the logo or trademark while any random person could modify the content.

The new 'variant' will be displayed under the name and logo of the new author. It will also, and similar to the original, be under the 'closed' control of the new author's username and password.

There are places in EcoPort where the author could, explicitly, check a box that will then allow others to modify the original content. But if this process of granting permission is not activated explicit by a person who has a username and password to make this concession, then the above restrictions apply.

An important goal in EcoPort is to prevent information duplication and proliferation especially in technical subjects and publications. All too often, new editions of old publications, or functional equivalents of books and documents are published that vary only very slightly from each other. The level of content homology is extremely high in many subjects. This forces information seekers to choose between books that contain mostly the same data, but which are rather expensive to own as functional duplicates.

The Internet/www is causing massive, redundant duplication of information; a irony given that one of the 'fathe