Clean room reverse engineering

Chris Travers chris at
Fri Dec 4 16:41:12 UTC 2009

On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 5:03 AM, Matthew Flaschen
<matthew.flaschen at> wrote:

> I don't think Lotus v. Borland is very relevant.  It dealt mainly with
> menu hierarchies, which is a far cry from plots and cartography (more
> traditional creative endeavors).
> IANAL, and Vlad should consider seeking one.
> Matt Flaschen

Agreed on both these counts.  Games pose copyright issues beyond those
of functional software primarily because they are often protected both
as software, and also as audio-visual works of art (plot, music, story
lines, characters, etc).  This is a very thorny issue and needs real
legal expertise.

Best Wishes,
Chris Travers

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