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* Ronald Bourret <email@example.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
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org