Re: mud copyright
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on September 18, 2000 at 05:08:34:
In Reply to: mud copyright posted by Alex Nies on September 17, 2000 at 13:54:52:
: There is a MUD (multi-user dimension) game, where the owner of the game says that an unauthorized forum that discusses his game is in violation of his copyright.
Dear Mr. Nies,
From what I understand what you have said, it seem as if the moderators are correct.
The copyright protects the intellectual expression created by the author and only prevents unauthorized copying of the expression.
The rules of the game if written, can be "used" by any reader. It is my belief that even a rexpression of those rules might not be a copyright infringement.
If the rules for playing chess were set out, and copyrighted by the first creator off the game, anyone could play the game and discuss the moves and use different words or modes of expression so that the game could be used and played by others without copyright infringment.
Some games may be patented. In which case the essence of the game might be protected. With a patent, a much more specific and complex analysis would be required.
A whole picture must be had to also consider the trademark law and the law of unfair competition to have an actual clarity, rather than this speculative abstaction of law.
M. Arthur Auslander
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