Copyright law, computer software, and government acquisition
Dauphinais, Paul Raymond
Lyons, Norman R.
Guyer, Dean C.
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This thesis examines copyright law as it relates to computer software and how this law affects the Government acquisition of computer software. Following a differentiation of copyright law, patent law, and trade secrets, a brief history of the evolution of copyright law is presented. Current Government software acquisition practices are examined with respect to copyright statutes. The 1984 Betamax case is examined and related to software issues which concern the Government as an entity. Finally, considerations which influence software procurement and copyrights are examined.
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