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[quote] On 2011-03-02 13:57, R.E. Byrnes wrote: Patents are conceivable for mechanical gimmicks, small and large. patter can be copyrighted. Apart from that, though, there is scant basis for law-based protection in magic. Even if there were, damages would generally be difficult to quantify and, in any event, would rarely exceed the costs attendant to intellectual property civil litigation. As exemplified in this forum, however, there is a potent system of informal policing and enforcement, with those perceived to have either stolen ideas or given insufficient credit subjected to exclusion, ridicule, etc. While many of these disputes degenerate into long, dull threads in which the antagonists exchange inane, laborious accusations, it is for the most part a reasonably effective, if informal, system. [/quote]
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