Intellectual Property Protection of Software: International Perspectives

Intellectual Property in Spain

Byline:

Hugo Ecija

Issue:

VOL. XIV • Summer 1996 • NO. 4 (table of contents)

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14 John Marshall J. of Comp. & Info. Law 767

Abstract:

The author provides a brief overview of Spainís intellectual property protection of software. The author discusses Act 22/87 which is the foundation of copyright law in Spain and regulates all kinds of works; literary, artistic, and scientific. In Spain, copyright laws protect computer programs as literary works. The broad definition of a "computer program" includes the object code as well as the source code, operating system programs, the microcode within the central processing unit, and the programming language and interface. As a member of the European Community (EC), Spain enacted "Directive 91/250" for legal protection of computer programs. The author comments on the lack of uniformity in Spainís intellectual property laws and the problems associated in harmonizing its laws the EC.

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