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   Re: [xml-dev] Another Microsoft XML patent

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* Ronald Bourret <rpbourret@rpbourret.com> [2005-06-06 20:19]:
> M. David Peterson wrote:
> >What I find interesting is that you can't just state that its because
> >we're writing code and not working with physical objects and its
> >because of this that our world is different.  The literature world,
> >while not dealing with patents per se', are definitely dealing with
> >copyrights and plagiarism.
> Not sure about the physical world, but there's a huge difference between 
> the software world and the literature world. There's a very limited 
> number of reasonable ways to loop through an array of integers and add 1 
> to each value. There's a huge number of reasonable ways to say, "The 
> lake is blue." The first shouldn't be patentable. The second should be 
> copyrightable.

    They should both be copyrightable. The loop and the phrase.

    They are in fact both copyrightable. Both are protected by
    copyright the moment they are fixed to a medium. Both are
    considered literary works by the U.S. Copyright Office.

Alan Gutierrez - alan@engrm.com
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