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(TFT) Appropriate use of copyrighted material

In discussions with someone else the question of the use of procedures from a 
game in developing a program that duplicates said game came up. Since copyright 
covers the textual material of the game, and trademark covers the name of the 
game, and the processes and procedures of the game are covered by patent law, 
would it be legal to write a computer game of, say, Melee, not call it Melee 
or use the text of the game, but use the 'rules' of Melee in the game, since it 
is very unlikely that a publisher would patent those rules (except for Wizards 
of the Coast)?

Brett Slocum  --  slocum@io.com  --  ICQ #13032903
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