Fair Use of Copyrighted Software

    Introduction: At issue is the scope of permitted fair use of copyrighted software.  I have written on the scope of copyright protection and contrasted it with patent coverage.  Copyright does protect an embodiment of an idea, but not the underlying idea.  Ideas are protected by the 20 year term of a patent, and…

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How to Register a Copyright for Software

Introduction Copyright protection attaches to original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.  17 U.S.C. §102.  Software is a work of authorship.  It is classified as a literary work…

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