Quick legal question... teapot related

Avery Pennarun apenwarr at gmail.com
Tue Jul 20 14:20:17 CDT 2010

On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 10:35 AM, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.

So if the original file was under an acceptable license, then the
output file still will be, right?


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