Translating an idea into something copyrightable.
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Posted by Jason on June 11, 1999 at 09:36:47:
I'm well aware that you cannot copyright ideas. Where copyright law gets a little murkey for me is when the subject of the copyright is too large to define as a simple book or a song. Let me use Star Wars as an example.
George Lucas created the concept for the Star Wars universe. At some point it was just an idea. Over the years, he has turned his idea into a billion dollar industry, and his Star Wars universe is most assuredly protected. What exactly makes it protected is a mystery to me....if there's just one copyright containing the whole universe, or many seperate copyrights protecting small pieces of the universe, such as Light sabres, Ewoks, and Luke Skywalker.
Now I see myself as being in the same place Lucas was many years ago. I have a concept. I have original characters, weapons, scenarios and storylines set in a futuristic world. But right now it's all in my imagination, and I don't know what I need to do to make it copyrightable, or even what CAN be copyrighted.
Later on this summer, I'll be working with a software company owned by a friend of mine, to write a computer game based on my "universe", and I'm worried about how to keep someone else from stealing it when the game is released. Please help.
Any information you can give me will be much appreciated.
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