[oshug] "The audio genius who vanished"

Matt Maier blueback09 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 16 18:03:06 UTC 2016

Yeah, that's basically it. Physical, practical, functional ideas are only
covered by patents. If something works, the fact that it works is not
controlled. Copyright allows you to control the description that you fixed
in a medium using some amount of artistic effort. But if someone uses their
own artistic effort to reproduce the idea in a medium they have copyright
on their own version.
On Jan 16, 2016 09:51, "Gareth Coleman" <gareth at l0l.org.uk> wrote:

> Great articles and discussion, thanks!
> I was amazed to read Stallman say:
> "Copyright doesn't cover physical circuits, so when people build
> instances of the circuit, the design's license will have no legal effect on
> what they do with the devices they have built."
> So provided someone is prepared to transcribe your device into their own
> EDA files, they can just copy it, modify it, commercialise it - without
> restrictions (like NC or ND) that you might want to apply? Can this be
> correct?!
> Gareth
> On 15 January 2016 at 17:00, Jason Flynn G7OCD <flynnjs at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> I'm going to stick my neck out here as someone who regularly makes NC and
>> ND contribution to the community. It's unhelpful and unpleasant having
>> people class your work as second class because of some other peoples'
>> arbitrary redefinition of the word open. There are a lot of greedy and
>> selfish people out there and my efforts to put my works in the public
>> domain are for then general good and not to fuel such people who offer
>> nothing to society in return.
>> It doesn't mean that my efforts can never be moved forward or turned to
>> profit but it does allow me to vet the intentions of those that I let do so.
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