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Copyright Protection of Computer Software in the United Kingdom

By: Stanley Lai
Media of Copyright Protection of Computer Software in the United Kingdom
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Published: 01-02-2000
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 320
ISBN: 9781841130873
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP : £95.00
 

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About Copyright Protection of Computer Software in the United Kingdom

This work analyses the scope of copyright protection for computer software in the United Kingdom,and examines challenges for the future. The work presents the case for the adoption and application of infringement methodology emanating from the courts in the United States, resulting in a narrower scope of protection than is presently argued for by many UK academics, practitioners and judges alike. The work makes a careful evaluation of the efficacy of the various prevailing tests for infringement of copyright in software and their progenies, suggesting an improved formula and advocating the utility of limiting doctrines to assist in the determination of substantial similarity of particular non-literal software elements, user interfaces and screen display protection. The monograph also contains a detailed study of reverse engineering, copyright defences, permitted acts, database protection and the copyright-contract interface in the context of computer software, not omitting crucial discussions of the internet, digital dissemination and the impact of recent treaty and legislative initiatives on British copyright law. As such it will be an important resource for practitioners, lecturers and students alike.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction
PART 1: SUBSISTENCE OF COPYRIGHT AND INFRINGEMENT METHODOLOGY
2. Subsistence of Copyright and Infringement Analysis under US and UK Laws
3. Limiting Doctrines of Merger and Scènes à Faire
PART 2: THE SCOPE OF COPYRIGHT PROTECTION OF USER INTERFACES
4. The Copyright Protection of User Interfaces
5. Copyright Protection of Video Games
PART 3: REVERSE ENGINEERING AND DEFENCES
6. Reverse Engineering
7. Defences and Other Permitted Acts
PART 4: CHALLENGES FOR THE FUTURE
8. Software Copyright Protection in Relation to Internet Technology
9. Database Protection in the United Kingdom: the New Deal and its Effects on Software Protection
10. The Copyright-Contract Interface and Software Protection
11. General Conclusion

Reviews

“This is a well-written and highly useful book.” –  Jeremy Phillips, Slaughter and May, London, European Intellectual Property Review

“…one of the most attractive features of this book is the lengthy (34-page) Appendix offering a simplified account of the technological detail. Dr Lai's book presents a well written, comprehensive and detailed exposition. There is no question that Dr Lai's book amounts to a definitive resource for intellectual property lawyers, academics and researchers both in the UK and elsewhere. Its usefulness is strengthened by the extensive footnoting which supplements the body text” –  Anne Fitzgerald, CTLR

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