copyrightable APIs? (was RE: namespace protection compatible wit

Forrest J Cavalier III forrest at
Fri Apr 20 11:50:06 UTC 2001

How can you copyright an API?  Isn't it simply a
collection of facts?

Perhaps you could copyright the formal parameter
names, and certainly the documentation in a header

But the facts of 
     function name, 
     return type(s)
     parameter type(s)
are just facts.  There is no creative expression involved.

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