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January 01, 2009


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here's a related link: http://leda.law.harvard.edu/leda/data/36/MAGDO.html it's for fashion design piracy but I think the same line of thinking (and the problems that beset it) also applies.



I'm not a lawyer, but I am a computer ethicist. One of the things you might have missed in your investigation of copyright - it only extends to actual copies, not to the ideas behind it. If someone who'd never read "Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone" created it from scratch word-for-word, he would own the copyright to it, just as J.K owns the copyright to hers.

Of course, proving that would be another matter entirely.

The same, notably, does not hold true for patents.

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