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 for software law
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  software law
  law
  
      Software may, under various circumstances and in
     various countries, be restricted by patent or copyright or
     both.  Most commercial software is sold under some kind of
     software license.
  
     A patent normally covers the design of something with a
     function such as a machine or process.  Copyright restricts
     the right to make and distribute copies of something written
     or recorded, such as a song or a book of recipies.  Software
     has both these aspects - it embodies functional design in the
     algorithms and data structures it uses and it could also be
     considered as a recording which can be copied and "performed"
     (run).
  
     "{Look and feel" lawsuits attempt to monopolize well-known
     command languages; some have succeeded.  Copyrights on
     command languages enforce gratuitous incompatibility, close
     opportunities for competition, and stifle incremental
     improvements.
  
     Software patents are even more dangerous; they make every
     design decision in the development of a program carry a risk
     of a lawsuit, with draconian pretrial seizure.  It is
     difficult and expensive to find out whether the techniques you
     consider using are patented; it is impossible to find out
     whether they will be patented in the future.
  
     The proper use of copyright is to prevent software piracy
     - unauthorised duplication of software.  This is completely
     different from copying the idea behind the program in the same
     way that photocopying a book differs from writing another book
     on the same subject.
  
     Usenet newsgroup: news:misc.legal.computing.
  
     ["The Software Developer's and Marketer's Legal Companion",
     Gene K. Landy, 1993, AW, 0-201-62276-9].
  
     (1994-11-16)
  

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