Software piracy concerns all of us, software developers and consumers. Fortunately, the law gives creators software protection in a variety of ways. In the paragraphs below, we will discuss three ways in which the law considers software an Intellectual Property (IP) that confers certain rights upon the owners.
There are basically three asset rights in software IP with respect to the technology that created the program: copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. Software owners also have rights in the trademark they have chosen to represent their product. We limit our discussion here to the first three asset rights.
Protection of the copyright extends to the specific form in which the IP exists. For ...... ...