ERIC Number: ED067127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Protection of Computer Programs--A Dilemma.
Carnahan, William H.
Computer programs, as legitimate original inventions or creative written expressions, are entitled to patent or copyright protection. Understanding the legal implications of this concept is crucial to both computer programmers and their employers in our increasingly computer-oriented way of life. Basically the copyright or patent procedure involves (1) creativity, (2) an application for copyright registration or patent to the appropriate government office, (3) a notice on the original publication or patented process, and (4) various contractual agreements between the originator and the user of the written idea or invention. Both the creator and the user can lose financially by now adhering to these rules. If the programmer does not protect his procedures others may appropriate them for a profit without compensating him. On the other hand, any industry using a computer program risks infringement of patent or copyright if the program's origin and reservations on use are not carefully screened. The dilemma occurs in the scope of protection. There are advantages and disadvantages to both forms of protection. The law of trade secrets provides some relief. Yet, until revision of copyright and patents laws consistent with the new technology is accomplished, complete protection may not be attained. (Author/SJ)
USAF Academy Printing Plant, USAF Academy, Colorado, 80840
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Authoring Institution: Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.
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