Re: Another Microsoft XML patent
* Ronald Bourret <rpbourret@r...> [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@e... - http://engrm.com/blogometer/index.html - http://engrm.com/blogometer/rss.2.0.xml
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