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October 29, 2009

The Potential of Wolfram Alpha

On May 15, the website for a new "computational knowledge engine" called Wolfram Alpha was launched. With a user interface that resembles search engines like Google, Wolfram Alpha answers factual questions by computing answers using a knowledge database of structured data. This type of answer engine is different from a search engine in several of key ways. One of the biggest differences is that you can't cut and paste from the results page of Wolfram Alpha. This is because Wolfram Research claims that some of the data displayed "never existed before" and is subject to copyright.

This Infoworld article suggests that Wolfram Research is initiating a fundamental shift in the area of software copyrighting by claiming that not just software, but also output generated automatically by software, can be owned and copyrighted.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at October 29, 2009 3:00 AM
category: Intellectual Property Law


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