On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 2:37 PM, geni <geni...@gmail.com> wrote:
> In the case of the US we can consider the constitutional basis of
> copyright "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by
> securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive
> Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." So there is no
> reason why a scientific work with no artistic element wouldn't be
> protected by copyright.

The reason is that they are protected by patent.  See

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