Posted Aug 26, 2012 21:14 UTC (Sun) by giraffedata
In reply to: Copyright protection
Parent article: Mobile patent wars: Google goes on the attack
Just curious, why do you concede that re-editing has creative content, but deny it to re-typesetting printed music?
Just because re-editing involves the same kind of intellectual work as what was protected by the original copyright: writing. Composition of words. If there is any significant creativity in typesetting music, it's a different kind from what went into composing the music, which is what we generally think of as protected by sheet music's copyright.
I suppose it's conceivable that typesetting music is creative enough to be copyrightable, and if that's all that gets re-copyrighted when someone publishes Beethoven sheet music, that isn't unbelievable for me. I thought we were talking about a copyright wherein a person couldn't legally read the notes off the page, type them into a music publishing program, and print new copies of the composition.
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