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

Mark Challender MarkC at mtbaker.wednet.edu
Wed Aug 27 18:31:02 GMT 2003

anything anyone writes or creates is copyrighted.

>From the www.copyright.gov website:

When is my work protected?
Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed
in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of
a machine or device.

Mark Challender
Network Administrator

Are you sending out a virus hoax?
Check the website below and be sure.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bjorn Stromberg [mailto:bjorn at thechemistrylab.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2003 10:31 AM
To: list at dshield.org
Subject: [Dshield] Can you copyright a picture of a dialog box?

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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