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Can you copyright a whole Design Document ?

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Hi all, i was wondering which aspects of a design document could be copyrighted, and which may not be. Also, do you think it needs to have a international copyright since it''s only a project for which you want to create a team for ? And in the same aspect, when is it time to copyright it ? Thanks in advance.

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Yes, you can copyright the whole thing.

Bear in mind that copyrighting protects the document, but not necessarily the ideas expressed in the document. It is perfectly acceptable for someone to express the exact same ideas in their own document, provided the wording is different.

Oh, and it's technically copyrighted the moment you've written it. The only reason you might want to go through some kind of legal process is if you want to improve your chances of winning a plagiarism case should it ever happen.

[edited by - Sandman on June 2, 2004 8:07:45 AM]

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Original post by realitycheck
Sandman, do you mean i shouldn''t protect my DDoc, even when looking for a team ?
I heard so bad stories !


I''m not saying you shouldn''t - I''m saying you can''t protect the ideas, only the expression and/or implementation of those ideas.

You can get people to sign certain agreements (NDA''s etc) before showing them your Design Doc, in order to provide an additional level of protection. Read this.

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A copyright only protects any origninal written work, and orignal art work in your design document. A copyright is actually exactly as the name states it means you control the right to copy and use the document. It does not offer any kind of protection to your ideas anyone can look at your design document and use the exact same ideas, however they want.

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You can always perform a poor man''s copyright... Enclose the document in an envelope and mail it to yourself. The timestamp that the post office puts on the envelope will hold up in the court of law.... (atleast in texas it does).



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Original post by Brahose
You can always perform a poor man''s copyright... Enclose the document in an envelope and mail it to yourself. The timestamp that the post office puts on the envelope will hold up in the court of law.... (atleast in texas it does).


Mail yourself an open, empty envelope. Put any document you want in it later. That makes the whole practice invalid. What you need is the services of a notary public. Additionally, that has nothing to do with copyright, but rather with establishing trade secrets as prior art against any later patent.


“Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.”
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Mailing yourself the document isn''t nessary since depending on what country you live in it is free or very cheap to register your copyright.

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Well you can copyright the design document, and it''s useful only for the technical aspects or game engine design you may have included. You cannot put a copyright on any idea - another person may have the same idea for his game.

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get it notarized.....

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