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Current copright and patent laws are inapropriate for computer software theirdown software development and reduces competition From the first computer as we know them the ENIAC computer software hasimportant From thousands of bytes on miles of paper to millions of bytes on a thin piecesandwitched between two pieces of plastic software has played an important part in thehave most likely played an important role in all our lives from making math easier withhaving money on the go with ATM machines However with all the help that has beenhavent done anything for software and the people who write it Software by nature isdefenseless as it is more or less simply intellectual property and not a physical thingeasily copied Copied software does not make money for its creators and thus theynot copied and the whole industry inflates There are two categories of intellectual property The first one is composed ofand filmswhich are covered by copyright Inventions and innovations are covered bycategories have covered for years many kinds of work with little or no conflict not that easy when dealing with such a complex matter as computer software Whena computer it is considered writting as it is all written words and numbers Howeverthe computer it functions like an invention performing a specific task as instructed by theThus software falls into both categories Del Guercio 22-24 It is generally coveredcopyright laws for most mass market software at least More advanced software ortechniques however can be patented as they are neither obvious nor old This results Copyrights last the lifetime of the author plus 50 years and can be renewed 17 years but cannot be renewed With technology advancing so quickly it is notthe protection of the software for the length of the copyright but also it is sometimesrenew them Del Guercio 22-24 say for a 10th sequel in a video game series orGraphic Program With copyrighted material one
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