in reply to Copyright on languages

Is this a (somewhat) accurate analogy?

"If you implement a Lego puzzle ... do you own the rights to that puzzle?"

Update: lego puzzle? I couldn't think of a more appropriate term ... accuracy vs precision. ;)


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Re^2: Copyright on languages
by ikegami (Pope) on May 03, 2012 at 00:16 UTC

    I think the closest analogy I can find here is:

    Lego could prevent me from photocopying my copy of their instructions on how to build this excavator, but could Lego prevent me from instructing you how to build that crane using verbal instructions?

    I'm sure you could find some differences, though.

    (I'm not sure what you mean by "Lego puzzle".)

      More accurate analogy. Can Lego prevent you from solving any problem, that can be modeled, constructed and solved using Lego blocks? Which also includes solving problems using pre available Lego models and patterns.

        To your point, you will not be prevented - but any patent that you would attempt to file would be a derivative work built upon any patents for Lego components included in your designs.

        Additionally any invocation of the Lego trademark in association with your products would also be subject to legal limitations and compliance.

        Please note of course that I am nothing like a lawyer and I offer at best a layman's meager understanding of US laws in this matter.

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