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1007.1 Ideas for Websites, Website Operation, or Website Structure

1007.1 Ideas for Websites, Website Operation, or Website Structure


Section 102 (B) of the Copyright Act specifically states that copyright protection for an original work of authorship does not “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.” 17 U.S.C. § 102 (B). For example, copyright protection does not extend to the ideas for a website, nor does it extend to any ideas or concepts for the visual or operational design of a website, its user interface, or the hyperlink structure of the site.