Re: Re: Why does copyright protect expression and not ideas?
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on April 12, 2001 at 06:22:06:
In Reply to: Re: Why does copyright protect expression and not ideas? posted by Laragh Cassar on April 11, 2001 at 10:47:01:
: : Why the distinction between expression and ideas? How is it defined?
Dear Laragh Casar,
While ideas in themselves are not patentable, practical applications can qualify for patents. If the patent claims are good, there is a strong legal monopoly.
If you wrote a story, boy meets girl, and the idea was patentable, that would be the end of all literature, not the millions of books and stories we now have which express different expressions of story and theme.
M. Arthur Auslander
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