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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
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."
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-12-31 06:41:46 in Legal Articles