[Dshield] Can you copyright a picture of a dialog box?

Bjorn Stromberg bjorn at thechemistrylab.com
Wed Aug 27 17:30:31 GMT 2003

I was reading up on MSBlast on Computer Associate's Virus Encyclopedia when
I noticed a disturbing little addition to their images: "Image Copyright ©

How do you copyright a microsoft windows dialog box? or even an image of a
microsoft windows dialog box? If I get an error message as shown in their
copyrighted image am I infringing on Computer Associate's copyrights? If I
take a screenshot of my computer's dialog box will Computer Associates sue
me for copyright infringement? I think the use of copyrights is getting out
of hand.

Relevant pics are found:


Bjorn Stromberg
Mid-Continent Testing Laboratories, Inc.

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