Software Copyright

Timothy B. McCormack, attorney and Seattle technology lawyer writes about copyright infringement: Anyone who violates any of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner (discussed above) is an infringer of the copyright.(36) Copying a computer program without permission onto a diskette or a hard drive is direct copyright infringement. Photocopying an instruction manual is also direct copyright infringement. Other activities that might constitute liability for direct copyright infringement include:

(1) downloading software;
(2) uploading software;
(3) making software available for download; and
(4) transmitting software files.

Article provided by Timothy B. McCormack, Seattle Copyright Attorney working in area of copyright litigation, procurement and development. This is the first in a series of a number of Software Copyright articles. In a practical sense, understanding how copyright law affects software development requires an understanding of how lawyers, judges, and juries understand the task […]