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Current copright and patent laws are inapropriate for computer software their imposition slows down software development and reduces competition From the first computer as we know them the ENIAC computer software has become more and more important From thousands of bytes on miles of paper to millions of bytes on a thin piece of tin foil sandwitched between two pieces of plastic software has played an important part in the world Computers have most likely played an important role in all our lives from making math easier with calculators to having money on the go with ATM machines However with all the help that has been given to us we havent done anything for software and the people who write it Software by nature is completely defenseless as it is more or less simply intellectual property and not a physical thing thus very easily copied Copied software does not make money for its creators and thus they charge more for whats not copied and the whole industry inflates There are two categories of intellectual property The first one is composed of writing music and filmswhich are covered by copyright Inventions and innovations are covered by patent These two categories have covered for years many kinds of work with little or no conflict Unfortunately it is not that easy when dealing with such a complex matter as computer software When something is typed on a computer it is considered writting as it is all written words and numbers However when executed by the computer it functions like an invention performing a specific task as instructed by the user Thus software falls into both categories Del Guercio 22-24 It is generally covered today by copyright laws for most mass market software at least More advanced software or programming
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