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06 Apr 2021
Back in the 1980s, everyone used the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet on their PCs.
In 1989, Borland released a competitor, Quattro Pro.
It used the same menu commands as 1-2-3 so that users could import their 1-2-3 spreadsheets
with keyboard macros.
Lotus sued Borland, and after a loss in the district court, Borland won on appeal, arguing
that the keyboard commands are a "method of operation" and not subject to copyright.
Lotus appealed to the Supreme Court, which deadlocked 4-4 (one justice was recused) in 1996.
That meant the appeals court decision was affirmed but it did not set a formal precedent.
Since then everyone assumed that settled the matter, you can't copyright the way a program works
or its interfaces.
Well, everyone except one guy in Hawaii.
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Copyright_Law/oragoog.html
18 Jan 2021
When one person transmits the speech of another, we have had three legal models which I would
characterize as Magazine, Bookstore, and Railroad.
The Magazine model makes the transmitting party a publisher who is
entirely responsible for whatever the material says.
The publisher selects and reviews all the material it published.
If users contribute content such as letters to the editor, the publisher
reviews them and decides which to publish.
The publishing process usually involves some kind of broadcast, so
that many copies of the material go to different people.
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/commoncast.html
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