Re: Re: Re: Re: Titles and Copyright
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on July 19, 2000 at 05:37:58:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Titles and Copyright posted by Dood on July 19, 2000 at 01:59:24:
: : : : How flexible is copyright law on titles per se? If I wrote a book with the same title as a popular song or movie could I possibly get in trouble? Or would it be necessary for the work to in some way resemble the song/movie/etc.?
: : : As a student studying English Intellectual Property I was of the belief that copyright didn't subsist in titles (i.e. the de Minis principle from the Exxon case).
: What about a list of titles or filenames containing a special scheme of author/title?
: Is the list copyrightable? Is the naming scheme?
: Probably doesn't matter, as even if they are I don't have
You get me confused. You seem to understand then you go off and act as if you don't.
A copyright protects a mode of expression. A list can be copyrighted. The information in the list is free to use and reuse.
See the Telephone Book cases.
M. Arthur Auslander
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