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(Message started by: Andrew Ciofalo on Apr 7th, 2004, 10:02am)

Title: academic program
Post by Andrew Ciofalo on Apr 7th, 2004, 10:02am
I have developed a unique academic program. I know I can copyright the program handbook. But will that copyright protect the substance of the program (idea) or is any other academic institution or professor free to replicate it without permission? The program is an original concept that assembles known technologies and methods into a new program.

Title: Re: academic program
Post by Isaac Clark on Apr 7th, 2004, 12:56pm
The copyright would probably not provide sufficient protection for the underlying program.  

It is possible that a method patent could protect the program.  

Title: Re: academic program
Post by M_Arthur_Auslander on Apr 7th, 2004, 2:22pm
If you have anything of value you ought to act fast so the the rights are not destroyed.

Title: Re: academic program
Post by larkas on Apr 7th, 2004, 5:57pm
Considering recent court decisions that give immunity for intellectual property law violations by state universities and colleges (unless they waive their 11th Ammendment immunity), I am not exactly sure that copyright or patent law would adquately protect your academic program. Currently, there are bills pending to correct this situation before Congress so it may help in the future.

A method patent, although possible if novel and nonobvious, is expensive compared to copyright and then you would need to spend more money enforcing it.

Besides, it may hurt your reputation (and your ability to teach at a school) a lot, if you sue to enforce your rights.

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