Under current copyright laws, a concept or a format is not protected, US federal judge rules
InfoPowa readers may recall an interesting copyright case lodged in 2009 by Brandon McSmith against Full Tilt Poker in which he claimed that his ideas had been copied in that company's now discontinued television show "Face the Ace."
The apparently close interest that the Federal Bureau of Investigation took in McSmith's action  added to the appeal of the issue as a news story at the time.
Fast track to 2012, and poker information site PocketFives has revealed that the McSmith case has been thrown out by a US federal judge.
In an exclusive interview with the information site, McSmith said that the case had been thrown out on the grounds that McSmith's idea was just a concept or a format, and under the current copyright laws, those are not protected.
McSmith has since created his own website TVPokerTheft.com, which details the case in full.