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Computer Programs and Copyright : An Australian Perspective

Luke Padgett

jeudi 23 juin 2005, par Collecte CND R.L

The Act of Anne 1709 introduced the first form of copyright protection, being “An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by vesting the Copies of Printed Books in Authors or Purchasers of Such Copies, during the Time therein Mentioned.”

2. The Act of Anne provided for the protection of printed material to prevent authors and their families from ruin, and for the "encouragement of learned men to compose and write useful books".

Thus, commercial incentive and protection in literary works was born.1 It is the cornerstone of copyright that the expression of ideas increases and enriches the stock of human knowledge.

3. Copyright protection has never extended to the functional characteristics of a work.

For example, in Australia there is a split protection scheme given to designs ; designs are considered artistic works and have ornamental and functional characteristics. To protect functional characteristics, the design must be registered under the Design Act 1906 (Cth).

However, the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) protects only ornamental aspects.

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