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Intellectual Property Protection for Computer Programs: Developments, Challenges, and Pressures for Change

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dc.contributor Hanken School of Economics, Department of Accounting and Commercial Law, Commercial Law fi
dc.contributor Svenska handelshögskolan, institutionen för redovisning och handelsrätt, handelsrätt fi
dc.contributor.author Ballardini, Rosa Maria
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-30T06:29:11Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-30T06:29:11Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-30
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-232-174-9
dc.identifier.issn 2242-699X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/35504
dc.description.abstract This book is a study of how computer programs have challenged the thinking about and the actual use of intellectual property rights (IPRs) around the world. In general, the intellectual property (IP) system is governed by the same rules and applies equally to all fields of developments. However, the particular nature of computer software has challenged these fundamentals. Software is a pluralistic product that contains several elements, each of which could fall into different categories of IP laws. Currently, several protection mechanisms are available for software, including copyright, patents, trademarks, contracts, licensing agreements, and technical measures of protection. However, it has been suggested that none of these mechanisms successfully provide an adequate level of protection to computer programs. This thesis provides an in-depth analysis of some of the major failures within the current European and American software IP ecosystems while focusing mainly on copyright and patent rules. Overall, this book provides a valuable contribution to the literature by revising the most relevant aspects of the IP software framework and by suggesting a number of innovative approaches to shaping the IP laws and facilitating their interpretation. The results of this book provide tools that could be used by scholars, lawyers, and policymakers around the world. fi
dc.language.iso en fi
dc.publisher Svenska handelshögskolan fi
dc.publisher Hanken School of Economics fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Economics and Society – 246 fi
dc.subject computer programs fi
dc.subject software fi
dc.subject intellectual property law fi
dc.subject patents fi
dc.subject copyright fi
dc.subject open source software fi
dc.subject.other Commercial law fi
dc.title Intellectual Property Protection for Computer Programs: Developments, Challenges, and Pressures for Change fi
dc.date.accepted 2012-08-24

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