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Do Software Copyrights Protect What Programs Do?
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Do Software Copyrights Protect What Programs Do?

A case before the European Court of Justice has significant implications for innovation and competition in the software industry.

Why the Google Book Settlement Failed – and What Comes Next?
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Why the Google Book Settlement Failed – and What Comes Next?

Assessing the implications of the Google Book Search settlement.

Too Many Copyrights?
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Too Many Copyrights?

Reinstituting formalities — notice of copyright claims and registration requirements — could help address problems related to too many copyrights that last for...

Do You Own the Software You Buy?
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Do You Own the Software You Buy?

Examining the fine print concerning your rights in your copies of purchased software.

Why Do Software Startups Patent (or Not)?
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Why Do Software Startups Patent (or Not)?

Assessing the controversial results of a recent empirical study of the role of intellectual property in software startups.

Should the Google Book Settlement Be Approved?
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Should the Google Book Settlement Be Approved?

Considering the precedent that could be established by approval of the controversial Google book settlement.

Only Technological Processes Are Patentable
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Only Technological Processes Are Patentable

The U.S. Supreme Court will narrow the universe of process innovations that can be patented to those that are "technological," but what will that mean for software...

Are Business Methods Patentable?
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Are Business Methods Patentable?

How the U.S. Supreme Court's forthcoming decision in the Bilski v. Doll case is expected to affect existing and future software patents.

When Is a 'License' Really a Sale?
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When Is a 'License' Really a Sale?

Can you resell software even if the package says you can't? What are the implications for copyright law of the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous June 2008 decision...

Legally Speaking: <i>Quanta</i>fying the Value of Patent Exhaustion
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Legally Speaking: Quantafying the Value of Patent Exhaustion

Should patents confer power to restrict reuses and redistributions of products embodying the whole or essential parts of inventions?
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