This article reviews the historical development of "look and feel" copyright protection of computer software, including discussion of decisions favoring broad protection, decisions favoring competitive principles, and decisions taking an analytic approach to software copyright protection. The article also analyzes recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions to explore how the Court may decide the computer software "look and feel" issues, including consideration of how Lanham Act trade dress protection might be applied to protect computer software visual displays.
Jack Russo and Jamie Nafziger,
Software Look and Feel Protection in the 1990s,
15 Hastings Comm. & Ent.L.J. 571
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