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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on January 19, 2000 at 06:44:29:

In Reply to: Database design copyright posted by Nicole Torre on January 19, 2000 at 04:35:07:

: Can the design of a database be copyrighted? For example, if one company displays the information about personal success/failure with a product, and another company provides similar information (but not the same answers/content), is that copyright infringement? I immediately think of online companies like Altavista. If this practice were illegal, wouldn't they be the only search site?
A Copyright protects you from the moment of creation for life plus 70 years. It only covers the mode of expresssion. There is a recent Supreme Court decision allowing the patenting of business systems. From what you say you are dealing with copyright only. The mode of expression of what you have is protected, not the idea. The idea can be use the expression can be protected. The simple answer to your question is you can register a copyright on the artwork and mode of expression of your web site, without a patent you cannot stop others for using the information. It does not look like you have any available patent protection.
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