Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild on fri 1 feb 02
Much of the discussion on this topic has repeated
the misconception that glazes are protected by
copyrights. Lists of ingredients, as well as most
process descriptions, are *not* protected by
copyright law, which was drafted to protect creative
Glaze formulas can, in principle, be protected by
patent law. In practice, I think this would be very
difficult, because of existing "prior art."
I don't want to be pedantic about this, but I think it's
important for ClayArters to understand that they
are not getting any legal protection when the put a
copyright notice on a glaze formula (even if that formula
is included in a copyrighted work).
We as individuals can choose to respect the wishes of
the authors (which I do) - but please let's be clear that
this is an ethical decision, not a legal one.
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