CONTU revisited: the case against copyright protection for computer programs in machine-readable form.

@article{Samuelson1984CONTURT,
  title={CONTU revisited: the case against copyright protection for computer programs in machine-readable form.},
  author={Pamela Samuelson},
  journal={Duke law journal},
  year={1984},
  volume={4},
  pages={663-769}
}
Professor Samuelson casts a critical eye on the Final Report of the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works (CONTU) which recommended that copyright protection be extended to machine-readable versions of computer programs. CONTU appears to have misunderstood computer technology and misinterpreted copyright tradition in two significant respects. The Commission failed to take into account the historical importance of disclosure of the contents of protected works as a… CONTINUE READING