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

Jeff Godin jeff at tcnet.org
Wed Aug 27 18:07:05 GMT 2003

On Wed, 27 Aug 2003, Bjorn Stromberg wrote:

> I was reading up on MSBlast on Computer Associate's Virus Encyclopedia when
> I noticed a disturbing little addition to their images: "Image Copyright ©
> CA"
> How do you copyright a microsoft windows dialog box?

You don't. Not unless you're Microsoft. :)

I can take a photograph of a cityscape at night, blow it up, and sell it.
The photograph is copyrighted. I own the copyright. If I choose to, I can
register that copyright.

My copyright on my photograph does not mean that I hold a copyright on the
cityscape at night, or even the cityscape on that particular night from
that particular angle. It just means that I have protection from someone
taking my photograph and doing certain things with it -- standard
copyright protections as granted by law, etc.

1) The above is my understanding of a small bit of US copyright law.

2) Many people just stick "(C) $year $company" on *everything*. Long ago,
an Apple Computer press release claimed ``Open Source is a trademark of
Apple Computer, Inc.'' Once their error was pointed out to them, they
corrected themselves. :)



Jeff Godin
Network Specialist
Traverse Area District Library / Traverse Community Network
jeff at tcnet.org

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