If one creates a game which is based on some cellular automation algorithm like Conway's Game of Life or Langton's Ants would that be a copyright infringement?

Are such famous algorithms protected by intellectual property rights, or as long as they aren't mentioned by their official names, the actual effect they create is free to be used?

  • \$\begingroup\$ you should probably talk to a copyright lawyer about this instead of asking for internet's opinion \$\endgroup\$ – ton.yeung Sep 20 '16 at 15:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ Some algorithms are indeed protected by copyright. You can't however, copyright an idea. I say do what you're doing and don't blatantly ctrl-c ctrl-v anyones algorithm into your project; you should be fine. (Disclaimer: When in doubt, consult a lawyer) \$\endgroup\$ – Krythic Sep 20 '16 at 18:47

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