Re: Re: Electronic Schematics/Circuit Diagrams
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on February 24, 2001 at 05:19:02:
In Reply to: Re: Electronic Schematics/Circuit Diagrams posted by nazirat on February 23, 2001 at 14:01:36:
: : Hi,
: : Hope someone can help me. I need to know the law on published electronic schematic diagrams. In this instance the item is a novelty electronic device - the basic concepts behind the design have been well known for nearly 50 years, and it's not subject to a patent of any sort. Really, what I need to know is this: If a circuit diagram has been published with a copyright notification and someone then wanted to adapt it for their own purposes, how different to the original published design would their adaptation have to be to ensure that they were not in breach of the original copyright? Please would anyone email me with the answer to this. Is there an international agreement on this? Are there any web resources which could explain it?
: : Thanks,
: : Chris
: : Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org
The copyright protects the literary mode of expression not the intrinsic idea. Without taking any professional responsibility for this thought, a redrafting of a schematic with changes ought not be an infringement. Physical copying and reprinting and publishing would seem a copyright infringement.
M. Arthur Auslander
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