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LinuxInsider: Clean-Room Development Avoids Copyright Battles

May 18, 2004, 21:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Albert)

"If I write a novel about a boy wizard attending a wizarding school, and I never read or heard about someone else's copyrighted novel about a boy wizard attending a wizarding school, does my novel infringe on the copyright of that other novel? Not if I can prove that somehow I missed the Harry Potter books and movies.

"It's unlikely, I admit. But copyright infringement requires copy, and copying requires access to the infringed work. The same is true for software, but there is an extra twist: Copying functionality is not copyright infringement..."

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