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Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy

From: Rjack
Subject: Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 14:12:36 -0500
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amicus_curious wrote:

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You seem to have a gap in your education in regard to copyrights vs patents vs trade secrets. The ideas contained in a copyrighted work are not protected. So how many ways can an idea be expressed in software and can any of them be considered an artistic work for the purposes of copyright?

The “Abstraction, Filtration, Comparison” test has dealt a severe blow to infringement claims for non-literal elements of software programs.

Exactly. Interestingly enough, there is the section on compilations and how copyright does not typically apply if the compilation is dictated by outside elements. The example of the telephone directory bears on Kastrup's claim to the contrary as well. Are copyright laws so different in Europe and elsewhere?

For an informed opinion on European copyright try Alexander Terekhov.

Rjack :)

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