Suppose that Albert is developing a new music application that produces MIDI output for some hardware modules (LCD displays etc.) in system exclusive format. There is a competing music application that is the 'standard' for Albert's market. In the manual of this competing application there is a description of the different sysex messages the application outputs.

To be compatible Albert would like to implement the same format. Is this legal, or is the MIDI format intellectual property?

  • Probably you should add tags copyright and patents as well.
    – Brandin
    Sep 13 at 15:28

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