Intellectual Property Law
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I have an internet site, with code that takes a jpg screenshot of a page of the site and emails it to a designated email address. Can it be copy-written? . It is intellectual property however, the application site states, "Do not describe the program’s features or functions." It is worth a LOT of money and I don't want to lose it to anyone. Can you suggest an alternative for me?
Hi Alex... thank you
I'm not sure, but after further research, I think i may have to go through a patent process to protect it. I am hoping you can help me sort it all out.
Did I lose you?
Well, I am sorry you left. I was hoping for more information... I will continue my search for an answer. Thank you for your time and consideration. David
sorry I had a technical problem
the code (or any other original writing/text etc.) that you create is protected by copyright
the protection arises naturally, but it can be registered for added legal benefits
registration is fairly easy and can be done online at www.copyright.gov for about $35
copyright does NOT protect the functionality of a work, only the creative aspects of it
in the case of code, it protects from someone copying the code either verbatim or with "substantial similarity"....but it does not protect the functionality, so someone else could develop code that does the same thing as long as they don
't copy your code
to protect functionality (if that's what you are looking to do) you would need a patent
but this may not qualify as patentable subject matter