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16 December 2009

"Devices and similar articles designed for computing and measuring cannot be copyrighted. Common examples of uncopyrightable computing and measuring works include slide rulers, wheel dials, and perpetual calendar designs.

Ideas, methods, systems, mathematical principles, formulas, and equations are not copyrightable, and the same is true of devices based on them. Printed material on a device-for example, lines, numbers, symbols, and calibrations, as well as their arrangement-is likewise not copyrightable, because such material is necessarily dictated by an uncopyrightable idea, principle, formula, or standard of measurement.

To be copyrightable, a work must contain a certain minimum amount of creative authorship in the form of original literary, artistic, or musical expression. A computing or measuring device as such ordinarily contains no copyrightable expression. It does not communicate facts or ideas but, instead, is a means for arriving at an almost unlimited number of readings or results. To the extent that the contents of a device are predetermined by its function, they lack creative authorship."

For more information about U.S. Copyright, please contact this office.

Waheedan Jariwalla can be contacted at Waheedan.Jariwalla@lawdit.co.uk .Waheedan is a US attorney and a Solicitor who specialises in contentious and non-contentious issues.


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Lawdit Solicitors offer services and advice for litigation, commercial contracts, Intellectual Property and IT legal agreements. We are experts in commercial law with a heavy emphasis on Intellectual Property, Internet and e-commerce law. Lawdit is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates and we are the appointed Solicitors to the largest webdesign association in the world, the United Kingdom Website Designers Association.



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