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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Copyright and Fair Use

Introduction Most written stories, poems, art work, slogans, photos are copyrighted.  Understanding the relationship between Copyright Infringement and Fair Use is important, particularly if you are copying images and text from the websites for reposting or incorporation into other sites.  For a quick review of the copyright protectionin relation to patents and trademarks, please select the link to…

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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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The following links contain information on obtaining a copyright and related issues. Copyright Protection The Digital Millennium Copyright Act Digital Signatures Digital Signatures (Update) Copyright Registration (Worth reading) Added Copyright Protection VARA


(This is worth reading) In my note entitled Copyright Protection I have described copyright as the weakest form of protection for intellectual property rights. However, when in doubt, in pays to register your copyright. It is a relatively easy and inexpensive process. It can now be done on line with a credit card or payment…

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Obviously, more and more communication is being conducted via the Internet or e-mail. Both business and consumer transactions are involved. Items of substantial monetary value are purchased and shipped by agreement and direction established and documented solely in an electronic form. In addition, instructions are issued that can have substantial economic consequences. Examples include directions…

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Copyright protection is, perhaps, the weakest of the protections granted to intellectual property. A copyright protects an expression of an idea, but not the underlying idea. For example, a story about a boy and his dog can be copyrighted. However the copyright does not give the copyright owner any rights in dogs and boys. It…

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