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Software, Copyright, and Competition

The "Look and Feel" of the Law

ISBN-10: 0899305075
ISBN-13: 9780899305073
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PUBLISHER: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
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This book deals comprehensively with the question of the scope of copyright protection for computer programs. Offering a unique blend of scholarship, technical rigor, and readability, it dispels the confusion and controversy that surround the application of copyright law to computer programs. Through an orderly development of facts and analysis it shows why the copyright law is the appropriate regime for software protection and explains the nature of copyright protection for software. Alternating between essay format and case study, the book provides expert counsel to those interested in this interface between technology and law. "Software, Copyright, and Competition: The Look and Feel' of the Law," is undoubtedly one of the best pieces of legal scholarship in any subject this editor has ever had the pleasure to read. As to its subject matter, it is the best analysis of look and feel' written to date. . . . The book is very readable. Not only does the author explain' the law for the non-lawyer, but he explains the zen' of computer programming to the non-programmer. With wit and insight he puts to rest the many old wives tales the legal community believes about programmers. . . . In the best of all possible worlds, this book would be mandatory reading for any judge or arbitrator faced with a look and feel' case. "The Software Law Bulletin," January 1990

Two forces, innovation and imitation, fuel the intense competition that underlies the dramatic technological progress taking place in the computer industry. As the competitive battleground shifts increasingly to the software sector, a vigorous debate has arisen over whether the principal legal regime for protecting the asset value of computer programs--the copyright law--encourages or inhibits that competition. Industry executives, computer lawyers, law professors and lawmakers alike are participating in the debate, the outcome of which will quite literally shape the future of the computer industry.

This book deals comprehensively with the question of the scope of copyright protection for computer programs. Offering a unique blend of scholarship, technical rigor, and readability, it dispels the confusion and controversy that surround the application of copyright law to computer programs. Through an orderly development of facts and analysis it shows why the copyright law is the appropriate regime for software protection and explains the nature of copyright protection for software. Alternating between essay format and case study, the book provides expert counsel to those interested in this interface between technology and law.

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