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GUEST,T in Okahoma (Okiemockbird) 3/17 quote on value of public domain-sports (16) 3/17 quote on value of public domain 17 Mar 00

"If the inventor of the T-formation in football had been able to copyright it, the sport might have come to an end instead of prospering. Even where athletic preparation most resembles authorship -- figure skating, gymnastics, and, some would uncharitably say, professional wrestling -- a performer who conceives and executes a particularly graceful and difficult -- or, in the case of wrestling, seemingly painful -- acrobatic feat cannot copyright it without impairing the underlying competition in the future. A claim of being the only athlete to perform a feat doesn't mean much if no one else is allowed to try."
--NBA v. Motorola (2nd Cir. January 30, 1997)

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