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Re: Question About GNU General Public License


From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Question About GNU General Public License
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 23:02:49 +0200

Isaac wrote:
[...]
> The copyright office does not examine the subject matter submitted
> for coverage.  They don't make any legal determination of whether
> the material is original or derivative.

Well, http://www.law.cornell.edu/copyright/cases/125_F3d_580.htm

"A.R.T. tried to obtain a copyright in one of its products; the 
 Register of Copyrights sensibly informed A.R.T. that the card-on-a-
 tile could not be copyrighted independently of the note card itself."

Now think of something like "WinZip" or WinWhatever. Wouldn't you 
expect to be "sensibly informed" that your WinBlahBlah "could not 
be copyrighted independently of" that Win thing? (Ha ha. Ha ha.)

regards,
alexander.


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