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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why is software copyrightable in the

TobascoKid writes: I was looking at the Open Hardware wiki and I came across a page about how hardware is protected by patent and not copyright and quotes Section 17.102(b) of US Copyright law In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work. Seeing as software is patentable in the US, how is possible for it to be protected by copyright as well? Why doesn't if fail the above test?

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