If copyrighting the equation had a defacto effect of copyrighting the
natural process, then I wouldn't see the equation as copyrightable,
for the equation IS the natural process in another form.
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From: "Richard Seddon" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: [Fwd: [A-List] Law professor fires back at song-swapping
> Questions not meant as a challenge but rather plain curiosity.
> If I write a hitherto unknown equation which reveals new information
> contained within a natural process, is that equation protected under
> Canadian law. I have not created information: I have revealed a pathway
> observing that information. My later written description of that equation
> is obviously protected under any copyright but that written description
> reveals information about the equation and how that equation reveals
> information about natural processes and does not reveal primary
> The basic question is when is information created and when is it displayed
> and is the one act as deserving of copyright as the other.
> I gather together a series of ancient poems, and change their format
> slightly. The change in format (i.e., instead of one space between the
> title and the body, two spaces) is obviously intended to create
> I now publish them under my own copyright. How have I created information
> that deserves copyright?
> www.pagebypagebooks.com is an example of the above. Obviously they have
> created a pathway to information but have they created information?
> BTW; www.bartleby.com contains the full text of "The Waste Land".
> Rick Seddon
> Portales, NM
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