Solutions manual to a science textbook
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Posted by Paul M on December 12, 2002 at 06:59:02:
I would appreciate any help with the following. Would it be against copyright law to print and sell one's own solutions to problems appearing in a math or science textbook?
I know that concepts, plans, methods, systems, devices, theories, formulas and discoveries -- as distinguished from the particular manner in which they are expressed or described in a writing -- are not protected by copyright law. But couldn't one argue that a solutions manual to a science or math textbook is a derivative work, in which case the textbook author or publisher reserves the right to publish (now or in the future) such a solutions manual? (Section 103 of Title 17.)
Thank you very much for any help.
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