Courses 2012 - 2013
LAW P 547 Legal Protection of Computer Software
Credits: 3-3, Variable
This course will cover the laws that protect computer software. The course will address copyright, patent, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, and contract protection. It will also address how the law places boundaries around legal protection through anti-trust law and the doctrines of fair use and preemption. Topics include protection for source code, user interfaces, and multi-media software; the role of standards organizations; and the role of license agreements in software development and distribution. Although not required, this course is intended for students who have basic knowledge of intellectual property law.