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U.S. copyright law Edit

Under the 1976 Copyright Act, a method of operation

refers to the means by which a person operates something, whether it be a car, a food processor, or a computer. Thus a text describing how to operate something would not extend copyright protection to the method of operation itself; other people would be free to employ that method and to describe it in their own words. Similarly, if a new method of operation is used rather than described, other people would still be free to employ or describe that method.[1]

References Edit

  1. Lotus Dev. Corp. v. Borland Int'l, 49 F.3d 807, 815, 34 U.S.P.Q.2d (BNA) 1014, 1021 (1st Cir. 1995) (full-text).

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