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Monday, 19 September 2005

BURY THAT BULB - AND FOLLOW THAT DNA SEQUENCE!


1 Lightbulb watch

Having complained at the hackneyed symbolism of the lightbulb as the graphic embodiment of inventive thought, the IPKat regrets to announce that the cover of his beloved New Scientist magazine for 17 September is displaying no fewer than seven of the cliched signs.


2 Does anyone know?

One of the IPKat's friends has written in to ask whether anyone can claim copyright in a DNA sequence. Both blogmeisters have given this issue some serious thought. The IPKat's hunch is that, in principle,

(i) copyright will vest in any literary work in which skill and effort has been invested and

(ii) the recording in writing or other form of a DNA sequence will therefore be protectable by copyright. However,

(iii) copyright protects only the form of expression and not the content, with the results that

* anyone else can record the same DNA sequence without infringing copyright so long as they don't copy the version that has been written or recorded earlier and

* anyone who finds a different mode of expression for the same DNA sequence will not be infringing the copyright in the original literary description of it.
These are just first thoughts and they are based on his appreciation of the traditional UK-based common law approach to copyright. If anyone has a different answer, or knows of an actual case in which this issue was discussed (and, better still, decided), can he or she please let the IPKat know? Just post your response below or send it to the IPKat here.

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