Is inherited class a derivative work?

Angelo Schneider angelo.schneider at
Fri Oct 19 13:31:30 UTC 2001

Hi all!

Rob Myers wrote:
> Out of curiosity could function/method names be trademarked to regulate
> their calling? :-)

In europe not.

APIs and even data base schemata (what you get after executing a
sequence of SQL create table statements) are explicitly noted as: not
copyright able, not patent able, not trademark able.

So a program written relying on an API never touches even any IP right
with the original work yielding that API (well linking or includign the
original work (in-)to the distribution brings us back to the topic).

> - Rob.


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