RE: ASJA Contracts Watch

From: Brian Lewis <lawman[_at_]wizards.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Sep 1996 10:02:26 -0700

Mike Bradley wrote:
>
> Just a reminder that information is free; it's the expression in which
> the information is used that isn't free and which can be copyrighted.
> The problem that creators of intellectual property have is with people
> who re-use the expression instead of re-using only the information.
>
> (I guess there are exceptions. Aren't new genes and plant species pure
> information?)

Information is seldom free. Trade secrets constitute information, clearly not free. Likewise the patentable subject matter you describe is not free if protected by a valid patent. I think what you mean is that copyrights protect the forms expression an idea takes rather than the idea, thought, or substance behind the expression.

Brian E. Lewis
Associate General Counsel
Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
<lawman[_at_]wizards.com> Received on Mon Sep 09 1996 - 17:03:43 GMT

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