Development of legal regulation of relations, associated with a computer program


The law enforcement and legislative practice of most states followed the path of protecting computer programs by copyright law. It has happened just because the model of copyright protection of the computer programs is cheap-er and faster procedure than the patent protection. Patent protection, on the other hand, requires a fairly expensive and long-term examination of a computer program for global innovation, during which the object itself may become obsolete and unpopular with potential users. Therefore, the copyright method of protecting computer programs has received preferential recognition.
It is concluded that to the present day, conceptual methodological and legal approaches have not been developed for the protection of computer programs as such using the norms of patent or copyright law. But by themselves, under certain conditions, computer programs and some of their components may be subject to patent protection. That is why many countries are moving towards combining copyright and patent protection of computer programs.


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