give extensive legal protection but must be granted. Copyrights have long been the only accepted method of protection of software, which was viewed as more like a printed document than a business process; the thinking of many was (and still is!) that, Patents cover unique processes and functions, but since virtually all software is derivative, patent protection seems inappropriate for software programs. Copyright protection may be more suitable since it does distinguish between ideas and their expression. However, the extent and scope of that protection is unclear…1 What this means is that copyrights can be got around (at least theoretically, rewriting a program in a different way to do exactly the same thing would not violate a copyright on the original program); and while patents are much more restrictive, it is unclear when exactly a patent on a piece of software is justified, resulting in an opportunity for abuse by patent applicants.
After the time period has expired, anyone is free to use the innovation as they wish. Patents have worked well over the past century, enabling innovators to make technological improvements that would have been impossible without the help of prior inventions. Software Engineering is an engineering field that is very new relative to the other areas of science and engineering. Software Engineering is very different from any other kind of engineering. Ethically it is unreasonable to be able to apply the old patent laws to this new field of Software Engineering, without making any modifications to the laws.
There is no legal ramification for Mozilla should some complication arise. This would be very hard for a commercial software company to directly implement because there is an agreement that the company's software (e.g. the software will not steal your identity.) To implement this, a commercial company could have testers for the extension to make sure they are safe, this would probably be very time consuming and expensive especially if there are a large number of extensions. Alternatively, they could hire developers who create the extensions, but the limited number of developers certainly could not... ... middle of paper ... ...n Firefox.
The profits from these sales of counterfeit software don't help expand the economy by providing jobs, taxes, and wages, and there is a good chance the profits are funding additional illegitimate businesses. Legitimate companies never receive any funds from the sale of counterfeit software, and frequently this loss of revenue leads to layoffs for workers in all related industries, from manufacturers to resellers. So, as you can see, purchasing counterfeit software doesn't only impact software manufacturers, it impacts everyone. Innovation is Slowed Intellectual property is the ownership of ideas as well as the control over the tangible or virtual representation of those ideas. Software is intellectual property, as are books, movies, and music.Like music performers and authors, software developers use copyright laws to protect their work and their investment in the field.
Also in consideration were elements ma... ... middle of paper ... ...ge of information, but there are arguments that this is not the case. For example, some may say that the courts made it too difficult to prove copyright infringement because there are ways for companies to deliberately avoid copyright infringement (look up “clean room design”) while still creating a program that is, for all practical purposes, identical to the original. Taking everything into account, intellectual property law is not perfect. It was established long before anyone could have known about the challenges and intricacies of protecting one’s intellectual property that are seen today. Intellectual property laws were not conceived with technology in mind.
However, intellectual property rights such as computer software create a particularly difficult situation because of how easy software is to distribute and reproduce. Though a patent or copyright may exist and be protected in one country, other countries may not choose to acknowledge or extend its protective power. Therefore, to achieve universal protection, one must secure patents and copyrights in every country that issues them. Unfortunately, even this may not be enough protection. Many countries do not provide any protection from patent or copyright violations.
Absolute Monopoly - this is what it means! The people who have come up with the idea of protecting the innovation and so called rewards to the innovators never thought that what it may mean to the corporations and how it will kill the innovation in the software industry. As Stallman said “Software patents are a danger that affects all programmers and all computer users. I found out about them of course in working on Free Software because they are a danger to my project as well as to every other software project in the world. [ii]” I truly agree with Stallman’s view of the Patent.
Today many consider “Software Engineering” to be a buzzword, confusing yet again as seen in the previous paper, to be only a type of Computer Science. Though, this isn’t the case at all. Software Engineers are tasked with using core practices to develop software products that have the quality assurance necessary for consumers. By treating Software Development as a form of engineering allows the development process to be clearer and with more defined goals. This allows developers to strike a balance when determining what are the “right” and “wrong” methods when designing products.
Software Piracy and Copyright Laws: United States versus Vietnam I. Introduction "Software piracy is the unauthorized duplication, distribution or use of computer software". Five main types of software piracy exist: publisher patent and copyright infringement, industrial piracy, corporate piracy, reseller piracy, and home piracy. Software piracy is a large global issue, which has become a more pressing issue due to a number of reasons: software is now easier to distribute on a global scale due to global access to the internet; culturally, people have not been taught that copying software is like stealing; a physical component does not need to be manufactured; and finally individuals state that they cannot afford the high cost of software and state that they would not use the pirated software if they had to pay for it.1 Software piracy is being dealt with on a global level by implementing global copyright laws. However, to date, no completely successful way has been implemented to deal with copyright issues.
I know such a ban would be unreasonable, and yet that is what the language of Section 8 appears to provide for." Gates argued that the restrictions in the proposal would do things like prevent his company from quickly offering a patch for a critical security hole before two months had passed. Kuney scoffed at such claims, suggesting that no reasonable person would interpret the restrictions as forbidding emergency repairs for Windows users. Kuney turned to testimony from the original antitrust trial, which ran from 1998 to 2000, to impeach Gates as witness. For instance, Gates testified that Navigator was "supposedly" a threat to Microsoft's monopoly power in the market for desktop computer operating systems, suggesting that he did not believe that, although the courts concluded that was Microsoft's primary motivation for committing many of its illegal acts.