Re: Why does copyright protect expression and not ideas?
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on January 19, 2001 at 12:12:50:
In Reply to: Why does copyright protect expression and not ideas? posted by Shane on January 19, 2001 at 03:58:11:
: Why the distinction between expression and ideas? How is it defined?
If it is a good idea it may be patentable. Patents are in the law to encourage inventors to disclose their ideas in exchange for limited monopoly of 20 years from the date of filing.
Copyrights are good for life plus 70 years. What would life be if someone could copyright the idea of Love. The are endless copyrightable ways of expressing this without putting any limits on the emotion.
M. Arthur Auslander
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