173080Re: Licensing of Conlangs/Conworlds
- Jun 1, 2010On Mon, 2010-05-31 at 23:51 -0700, David Peterson wrote:
> There have been two people (both outside the US, oddly enough)Not too surprising: the US Patent Office is probably the only one which
> who have contacted the LCS to let us know that they've applied
> for a US patent for their language.
would countenance such an application! In almost all other countries you
cannot patent an idea, only a physical invention. You have copyright in
the expression of the idea in words, but not for the idea itself. A few
years ago someone re-wrote a set of wargame rules to make them more
readable; this was not a copyright infringement, as only the original
wording was protected. If the mechanisms of a game are not copyright, it
is unlikely that those of a language would be.
There was an interesting example recently of the US Patent Office's
willingness to patent anything, no questions asked. A patent for an
aspect of GUIs was struck down by a court when it was proved that the
idea predated the patent by simply carrying a Commodore Amiga into court
and switching it on!
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