Quick legal question... teapot related

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Tue Jul 20 14:39:32 CDT 2010

On 20 July 2010 20:20, Avery Pennarun <apenwarr at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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 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 In 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?

Technically, per US copyright:


That said, Alexandre might want to be more paranoid. And I still like
the wine glass idea;-)

- d.

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