Quick legal question... teapot related

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Tue Jul 20 09:35:05 CDT 2010

On 20 July 2010 14:52, Dan McDonald <dan at wellkeeper.com> wrote:
> On 07/20/2010 06:44 AM, Misha Koshelev wrote:

>> If I take a publicly available teaset:
>> http://www.sjbaker.org/teapot/teaset.tgz
>> And run it through a Microsoft function:
>> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb205470%28v=VS.85%29.aspx
>> D3DXTesselateRectPatch for example
>> And then copy the vertex buffer and index buffer and save them...
>> Do I have the rights to use the vertex and index buffers?
>> I am assuming yes... but wanted to double check first.

> I would think that the output of the function does not pass the
> threshold of originality requirement in U.S. copyright law. We will see
> what the higher powers decide.

It absolutely does not create a new copyright in US law. (Bridgeman v.
Corel.) No machine transformation of a public domain object can create
a new copyright, no matter who built the machine.

I still like the wine glass idea better ;-)

- d.

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