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Doesn't this imply that Blizzard "owns" the rights to the addons any of us write? (And to avoid anything bad, I am just curious about this.)
Asking if any of us is a lawyer is an underhanded attempt to remove credibility because we aren't "authorities."
Actually, how do you know what my goal was with that post? But nice slap nonetheless.
I am pointing at the various views I've read on what copyright laws stipulate, what infringement is and what type of data/code/whatever else it includes. Wasn't trying to remove creditibility at all, that's what you made of it just now.
What does copyright protect?
Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section "What Works Are Protected."
As a general matter, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner.
and there's fair use (for arguments sake, no I don't think DaPortrait was fair use of Mazz' portrait addon)
the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
the nature of the copyrighted work;
amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The distinction between ?fair use? and infringement may be unclear and not easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission.
In short, I am not taking a damn side here, all I wanted to do was get rid of some of the "Copyright doesn't cover this and this, so it's not infringement" and the "But it does cover that because so and so." I went to copyright.gov, found sections that I think are applicable, quoted them, provided a link and then posted.
While at risk of being flamed, I step away from this thread for a few hours and THIS is what I come back to?
Holy macaroni ... It's an interesting conversation going on here, but all this legal talk brings me to one question? Which one of you guys is actually a lawyer who specifically deals with copyright infringement? Since everyone seems to have various defnitions of it (hell, I too have my own thoughts about what exactly it is.).
That article, imho, wasn't a discussion about copyright, it was a downright slapfest into Kaelten's face.
I do wonder: With Lua and the WoW API, you are in fact limited if you want to produce decent code, in how you approach certain ideas. So say you write an addon to modify the minimap, you'll always have similarities to it. (especially if you look at minimap addons without libraries, pMinimap, oMinimap, mine, they all look very similar, with changes features etc. Yes, both mine and pelim's are based on oMinimap, but changed overtime.). Perhaps I am just thick, but it's just a case of "there's only so many ways of doing something".