Difference between patent and copyright
Posted Jul 14, 2012 0:08 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
In reply to: A casualty in the patent wars
Parent article: A casualty in the patent wars
(patents are not a monopoly granting you a right to do something; they grant you a right to keep everyone else from doing it. BIG difference to copyright)
What difference do you see?
Copyright grants an author a monopoly on copying his work. It grants him the right to keep everyone else from copying it (or publicly performing it or preparing a derivative work). Copyright doesn't give the holder any right he wouldn't have in the absence of copyright.
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