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Ethics course: patents and copyrights question

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I am taking a cs course dealing with ethics. There are two review questions that I'm having a bit of difficulty with. 1. Which of the following is patentable? a. A computer program b. A new program design c. A software process for duplicating I/O (like RAID) d. A new case for a hard drive 2. Which of the following can be copyrighted? a. An idea for a new kind of computer b. A new way to make computers c. A new operating system d. A new way to solve problems Taking a guess... Number 1: I would think a, b, and d would all be correct answers. The only reason C would be wrong is because there already is a patent for that (apparently my teacher has that patent). Number 2:I think the only answer would be c, since you can't copyright an idea. Yes? No? Thank you.

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If you are lucky one of the lawyers who sometimes post here may come along and comment on your answers. For my part I think you are right on Q2 but wrong on Q1.
Q2 Patents are for inventions (a method or process for doing something). Only C is a process and so only that is patentable (as shown by the fact that it has been patented). - I would think it is safe to ignore the fact that it is already patented when answering but that may be a trick. Depends how ethical your teacher is ;)

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So, you're asking us to give you the answers for your ethics homework assignment?
Am I the only one who sees an irony here?

Homework? Please, it's a pass/fail 101 class. No homework.

Thank you obscure :)

[Edited by - theMadHatter on November 29, 2008 9:17:16 AM]

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