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From Daniel Shahaf <...@daniel.shahaf.name>
Subject Re: Is it OK to remove MIT header in this case?
Date Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:32:29 GMT
Roy T. Fielding wrote on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 11:15:30 -0700:
> As a separate issue, extracting a list of operational names from an API is
> often considered non-copyrightable (even when the API is subject to copyright)
> because those bare names are operational, meaning they are specifically
> excluded from copyright to make way for patent law.  Note, however, that this
> exclusion does not apply to the commentary surrounding those bare names, nor
> the order in which the names appear in header files.
> Hence, if you want to extract a list of API names without keeping the original
> content that is subject to copyright, the right way to do that is to extract
> only the operable names and then reorder them alphabetically.

Could you clarify what's the patentable thing here?  I parse you as
saying the names of API functions are patentable while the semantics
[which are typically independent of the entry points' names] are
copyrightable, but I've never heard of _names_ being patentable.



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