In the 1970s and 1980s there were extensive discussions on whether the patent system the copyright system or a sui generis system should provide protection for computer software these discussions resulted in the generally accepted principle that computer programs should be protected by copyright whereas apparatus using computer software or software related inventions should be protected . 1 general aspects since the legislation 1 offers no definition of a computer program copyright protection of computer programs was subject to many studies and case law both on national and on international level this article discusses the defining elements of the computer program such as they have emerged from the legal literature and judicial practice the difference between . Copyright protection for computer programs this means that an author of a computer program has copyright protection from others duplicating a segment of code but not from others writing different code to achieve the same or similar result in the united states copyrightable expression in a computer program becomes protected from the
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