Current copyright and patent laws are inappropriate for computer software; their Imposition slows down software development and reduces competition.
From the first computer as we know them, the ENIAC, computer software has become more and more important. From thousands of bytes on miles of paper to millions of bytes on a thin piece of tin foil sandwiched between two pieces of plastic, software has played an important part in the world. Computers have most likely played an important role in all our lives, from making math easier with calculators, to having money on the go with ATM machines. However, with all the help that has been given to us, we haven't done anything for software and the people who write it. Software by nature is completely
Defenseless, as it is more or less simply intellectual property, and not a physical thing, thus very easily copied. Copied software does not make money for its creators, and thus they charge more for what's
Not copied, and the whole industry inflates.
There are two categories of intellectual property. The first one is composed of writing, music, and films, which are covered by copyright. Inventions and innovations are covered by patent. These two
Categories have covered for years many kinds of work with little or no conflict. Unfortunately, it is not that easy when dealing with such a complex matter as computer software. When something is typed on
A computer, it is considered writing, as it is all written words and numbers. However, when executed by the computer, it functions like an invention, performing a specific task as instructed by the user.
Thus, software falls into both categories (Del Guercio 22-24). Copyright laws, for most mass-market software, generally cover it today at least. More advanced software or programming techniques, however, can be patented, as they are neither obvious nor old. This results
In many problems which I will go into later.... [continues]
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