Re: Idea or expression?
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Posted by Stephen L. Anderson on September 14, 2001 at 19:43:26:
In Reply to: Idea or expression? posted by Phillip Crawley on September 09, 2001 at 23:57:13:
Thank you for your inquiry. There are several ways to protect new and inventive ideas used in business. These include: Trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, (proprietary business methods, contacts, customer lists, recipes, etc.) and patents.
Copyright protects a wide variety of intellectual properties, including pictures and words, e.g., works of art (paintings, sculpture, photographs, jewelry deigns, etc.) literary works, (books, song lyrics, poetry,) as well as choreography, sound and video recordings, and other items.
Copyright protects the author's original creative expression as contained in the work but DOES NOT usually extend to any idea, procedure, process, method, system, discovery, name or short title or slogan.
Therefore, while COPYRIGHT PROTECTION may be available for the unique expressive aspects of your idea, plan, marketing approach or recipe: (e.g., "a pinch of sugar, a dash of salt,smoke a cigar and drink and a malt") it may not be sufficient to
protect the actual recipe or formula: (e.g., 1/2 tsp: sugar, 1/4 tsp: salt).
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