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

  software 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"
     "{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
     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].

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