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Issue No. 05 - September/October (1988 vol. 5)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 78-86
<p>The Whelan decision, a landmark copyright decision, has questioned the legality of reusing the abstractions and structures underlying software. The author argues that this is a flawed decision that could harm software-engineering practice. She discusses copyright versus patent protection, describes the Whelan case, and critiques the decision. She addresses the legal handling of software in general, arguing that it more reasonably ought to be protected by patent than by copyright.</p>
copyright law; Whelan decision; software-engineering; patent protection; legal handling; computer software; industrial property; legislation

P. Samuelson, "Is Copyright Law Steering the Right Course?," in IEEE Software, vol. 5, no. , pp. 78-86, 1988.
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