Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Computer software is an increasingly important form of intellectual property. Continued investment and development depends on patent or copyright protection, but as Apple v. Franklin demonstrates, courts disagree as to the appropriateness of such protection. Consistent application of the law based on a clear understanding of the underlying technologies is essential. Against this background, and using concepts from cybernetics and information theory, a specialized form of copyright is suggested as the appropriate protection mechanism.