LinuxInsider: Clean-Room Development Avoids Copyright Battles
May 18, 2004, 21:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Albert)
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"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..."