"This first comprehensive history of software patenting explores how patent law made software development the powerful industry that it is today. Historian Gerardo Con Díaz reveals how patent law has transformed the ways computing firms make, own, and profit from software. He shows that securing patent protection for computer programs has been a central concern among computer developers since the 1950s and traces how patents and copyrights became inseparable from software development in the Internet age"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-342) and index.
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Introduction Part one. Early patent protections. Code made tangible, 1945-1954 From antitrust to patent law at IBM, 1950-1966 The myth of the non-machine, 1964-1968 Part two. Software, courts, and Congress. Antitrust law and software sales, 1965-1971 Software patents at the courts, 1961-1973 Remaking software copyright, 1974-1981 Making sense of Benson, 1976-1982 Part three. IP for PCs. Hobbyists and intellectual property from Altair to Apple, 1975-1981 Cloned computers and microchip protection, 1981-1984 Look, feel, and programming freedom, 1984-1995 Patent enforcement and software embodiment, 1986-1995 Software rights for a new millennium, 1993-2000 Conclusion.
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