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Phillip M Gallo
12/01/05 00:25
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#104472 - Chip mask protection
Responding to: Jan Waclawek's previous message
Anil,

In the '80's there was much controversy patent vs. copyright in both software and chip fabrication. It was finally settled in 1984. Prior to that time firms filed and claimed for chip masks while pursuing legal and political avenues to achieve final adjudication of this controversy.

The act in 1984 defines mask art as "a series of related images, however fixed or encoded (1) having or representing the predetermined three-dimensional pattern of metallic, insulating, or semiconductor material present or removed from the layers of a semiconductor chip product; and (2) in which series the relation of the images to one another is that each image has the pattern of the surface of one form of the semiconductor chip product."

Of interest, the copyright protection granted for the mask does not extend to the architecture it implements.

regards,
p




List of 51 messages in thread
TopicAuthorDate
Happy birthday, 8051!      Jan Waclawek      11/28/05 08:44      
   The Silver Aniversary      Neil Kurzman      11/28/05 09:15      
   What?      Donald Catto      11/28/05 10:07      
   Year 1981!      Arif Deshmukh      11/28/05 11:38      
   Perhaps the '51 is 26 yrs of age      Phillip M Gallo      11/28/05 13:02      
      announcement      Jan Waclawek      11/28/05 14:12      
         Intel's Official Date      Phillip M Gallo      11/28/05 17:03      
            birthday      Jan Waclawek      11/29/05 00:45      
      before my time !      Steve M. Taylor      11/28/05 17:40      
         still a mere child...      Hal Albach      11/28/05 17:48      
            another mere child      Phillip M Gallo      11/28/05 22:16      
               An infant over here...@ 31 y.o!      Valentin Angelovski      11/28/05 23:12      
                  Another infant... @31 y.o.      Mariusz Sobkowiak      11/28/05 23:58      
                     true, but      Erik Malund      11/29/05 06:09      
      This is really a long time ...      Jörg Rockstroh      11/29/05 01:09      
         This is really a long time ...      Grant Beattie      11/29/05 09:45      
            Re: old chips...      Valentin Angelovski      11/29/05 15:48      
            D87C51      Farshid Jafari Harandi      11/29/05 16:52      
               IT must be 1980      Anil Gupta      11/30/05 03:54      
                  RE : 1980      Farshid Jafari Harandi      11/30/05 12:10      
                     1980 is the chip mask Copyright notice      Phillip M Gallo      11/30/05 13:49      
                        what is chip Mask copyright?      Anil Gupta      11/30/05 23:05      
                           No      Neil Kurzman      12/02/05 08:52      
                     timestamp      Jan Waclawek      12/05/05 00:44      
            TS80C31X2      Neil Kurzman      11/29/05 17:15      
   Chip mask protection      Phillip M Gallo      12/01/05 00:25      
      US Only Again??      Ian Bell      12/01/05 04:33      
         general copyright act?      Jan Waclawek      12/01/05 04:43      
            International Law      Ian Bell      12/01/05 04:51      
      That was their downfall, BTW      Richard Erlacher      01/28/06 12:56      
         history      Jan Waclawek      01/28/06 14:57      
   Intel inside      Jan Waclawek      12/02/05 03:05      
      I am not surprised      Slobodan Mandaric      12/02/05 04:10      
         Had Intel taken more interest in 8051      Anil Gupta      12/02/05 04:41      
         Me neither      Valentin Angelovski      12/02/05 05:11      
      Memories 8051 Design      Phillip M Gallo      12/02/05 16:35      
         Another good article      Farshid Jafari Harandi      12/03/05 09:56      
         Intel gives up mcus gradually?      Jan Waclawek      12/09/05 02:15      
   Congratulation Philips      Peter Dannegger      12/03/05 11:58      
      Good Article .. DataBooks      Phillip M Gallo      12/03/05 15:32      
      how much is it Philips?      Jan Waclawek      12/03/05 15:49      
         Me too      Craig Steiner      12/03/05 16:26      
   80c51 history      Jeff Corr      12/04/05 12:21      
   I have found      Oleg Sergeev      01/20/06 08:49      
      go to this page      Kevin Timm      01/20/06 08:52      
         yes, you catched it!      Oleg Sergeev      01/20/06 08:55      
      nice piece      Jan Waclawek      01/20/06 13:17      
   Lindy barcode reader      Jez Smith      01/20/06 10:29      
      appnote?      Jan Waclawek      01/20/06 13:05      
         its just usefull      Jez Smith      01/20/06 13:29      
      Generic 8051 board at large      Grant Beattie      01/23/06 13:11      

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