Copyrightable functions and patentable speech

  title={Copyrightable functions and patentable speech},
  author={D. Burk},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  • D. Burk
  • Published 2001
  • Computer Science
  • Commun. ACM
  • by features that defy classification within established legal doctrines. In particular, areas of the law that rely on distinctions between the “functional” and the “expressive” have found software problematic. In this article, I briefly describe the areas of law in which this problem is most pressing, sketch how these problems have migrated across legal domains, and indicate the path legal controversy attending software seems likely to take, especially in patent law. The picture that emerges is… CONTINUE READING
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