Brad Henderson wrote:Can you patent a process?
Pete McCabe wrote:The way copyright law is going (in the last 30 years the length of copyright has extended by more than 30 years), magicians might be better off copyrighting their scripts than patenting their methods. Copyrights are much more easily obtained than patents and the US Government tends to side with copyright holders, to say the least.
This is what Teller did with Shadows, which is protected as a play. I've always thought that this quote of his is worth considering: "People who try to patent magic seem to have it all wrong. The actual mechanics of a trick dont ever reach the audience; what you want to protect is the effect."
Matthew Field wrote:Jonathan Townsend wrote:Any comment from the Magic Circle on this?
Jonathan Townsend wrote:Can't think of anything helpful to say here.
It's like the cat is selling bags as a fashion statement.