information, and inexpensive recording devices and media, have changed the
face of copyright laws. What could be easier than popping a blank CD into
a burner to make a friend a copy of that great new game you just
purchased? It's just as easy to create an .mp3 version of your favorite
song and send it via e-mail to all your friends. You might not even know
if it's legal or not to make backup copies of your favorite software
package, or to install it on both your work and home computers.
Legislators scramble to create new laws and upgrade existing laws to cover
digital information, but computer technology evolves so quickly that it is
often difficult for the lawyers to keep up to date.
Issues The software copyright and licensing world is very fast-paced.
What are the current copyright issues? What are some common copyright
myths? What are the penalties for software piracy? These questions and
more are answered on the “10 Big myths about copyright explained” Web
page. To read a variety of information about copyright issues
ranging from court cases to software licensing, visit the “Copyright
Website” Digital Copyright page at www.benedict.com.
Read about the importance of software copyright, from a software
developer’s standpoint, at this Nolo.com
Legislation Learn how today’s software copyright laws and legal
actions affect your computer use at www.kuesterlaw.com/.
Be sure to click the “Tech Law” link on the home page to read about
court cases, laws, and licenses. Visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_license
to read about shrink-wrap license agreements and implied licenses, as well
as other software copyright issues and the laws that affect them. You can
also read the entire text of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act)
Additional Links Intellectual
property is a hot topic that’s related to software copyright. The Electronic
Frontier Foundation site contains extensive lists of FAQs,
articles, discussions, and research papers about topics ranging from
intellectual property to copyright laws. If you are interested in the
types of copyright and software licensing issues that face educators and
librarians today, then link
to this site that is maintained by ERICDigests.org,
which includes information on how these professionals comply with software
copyright laws when distributing software to multiple computers.