[OT] Copyrighting games?

Mark Schonewille m.schonewille at economy-x-talk.com
Fri Aug 21 05:47:23 EDT 2015


Hi John,

That "article" just makes a statement without any explanations. Terms 
like "actual expression or execution", "software concept" and "program 
logic" are rather vague. You can't copyright those, simple because you 
can't define them.

A user interface, however, can be copyrighted if it is a creative 
expression by an artist. Probably, you can't copyright a GUI if you're 
just using Apple's or Microsoft's GUI components, but you can definitely 
copyright the visual components of a game and the logo's and icons in a 
utility window.

That leaves algorithms and other trade secrets. For algorithms and other 
technologies, you can register a patent, but I believe Richmond didn't 
want to go that path.

I strikes me that I have never seen any of those copyright registration 
websites giving examples of their services being successfully accepted 
as proof in court.

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On 8/21/2015 03:39, JB wrote:
> I was reading an article on how to copyright software
>
> http://www.wikihow.com/Copyright-Software
>
> It talks about how to submit your software code
> and what to do if it contains trade secrets.  And
> then it says this,
>
> 	• Your copyright extends only to the actual expression or execution of the
> software application. It does not protect the software concept, program logic or
> algorithms, or the layout of the user interface.
>
>
> It sounds like your trade secrets are not protected.
>
> John Balgenorth
>
>
> On Aug 20, 2015, at 6:01 PM, Mark Schonewille <m.schonewille at economy-x-talk.com> wrote:
>
>> I didn't say "do nothing". I said: don't spend your money on something that's essentially free.
>>
>> --
>> Best regards,
>>
>> Mark Schonewille
>>
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>> On 8/20/2015 17:28, Lynn Fredricks wrote:
>>>> Since nobody needs to pay money to "copyright" a work, or in
>>>> fact nobody NEEDS to "copyright" a work, because it already
>>>> is copyrighted, I'd say this website is merely a way to lose
>>>> some money.
>>>
>>> You can always do nothing. Registration provides additional benefits though.
>>> You can find the equivalent on a lot of sites but this article is short and
>>> clear about the benefits of registration:
>>>
>>> http://www.ohiostartuplaw.com/top-5-benefits-of-copyright-registration/
>>>
>>> The NOLO legal guides are pretty good for lightweight legal stuff.
>>>
>>> Best regards,
>>>
>>> Lynn Fredricks
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