Experts Debate Constitutionality Of Software Copyrights

Law360, New York (January 25, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Our story on the challenge against the constitutionality of software copyrights (see “Related articles” below) produced a large number of insightful comments from legal experts in the field.

Our questions were:

- Computer programs can be both copyrighted and patented. Why is this, and are there any benefits to seeking one form of protection over the other?

- In your opinion, are there any reasons why computer programs should not be copyrightable?

Below are some of the most interesting comments we received:

ROGER SCHECHTER, professor of...
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