Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 15:27:56 -0500
Reply-To: Sigurd Hermansen <HERMANS1@WESTAT.COM>
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From: Sigurd Hermansen <HERMANS1@WESTAT.COM>
Subject: Re: Another OT: Copyright concern?
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If copyright included manner of data presentation, Visicalc and Xerox
would own Microsoft! One cannot copyright an idea. Anyone who 'steals
the mind of the author' violates a copyright. If another author
(designer, developer) could not likely have come up with a data
presentation except by copying a copyrighted work, he or she would be a
violating the author's copyright.
Better to start with something in the public domain (which I heard a
Stanford Law professor describe as a 'lawyer free zone'). Most
commercial products have many public domain ancestors. That will keep
you on ethical as well as legal high ground.
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On Behalf Of Huang, Ya
Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 2:32 PM
Subject: Another OT: Copyright concern?
Hi there again,
Suppose I saw a commercial product demo, and I liked the way how the
data is presented to users. I know this product is very expensive with
many fancy features. For my daily work, I'll be interested in about 50%
of those functions. I then gave it some thought and came up a SAS based
system that mimic the 50% functions I need, and another 50% is based on
my own idea. Would this be considered a violation of Copyright?