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Topic: copyright for sudokus ?
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Re: copyright for sudokus ?
Posted: Sep 14, 2005 8:04 AM
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hi Jaap,

it was not so easy to find that case since you misspelled "Romme".
Here is, what I found about it, which might apply to sudokus:

>According to the Court a collection of words will only
>be protected by copyright "if it results from a selection
>process expressing the author's personal views".
>
>... in order for an object to qualify as a work of
>literature, science or art, "it is necessary for
>it to have an original and individual character
>bearing the personal imprint of its maker",


this is hardly the case for a selection of sudokus
generated at random by third party software.
It might however apply e.g. for a collection of random
numbers containing your birthday


But this is an old decision in a field of quickly changing laws
and it's specific to Dutch jurisdiction, not even European law.


Guenter.




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