Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Stacy Snowman


Federal copyright law provides a major source of protection for computer software. Due to the rapidly changing nature of software and the software market, however, software developers are asking the states for additional protection. The author examines the Software Enforcement License Act - an attempt by Louisiana to remedy the problems software authors face in the mass market and concludes that it is preempted by federal copyright law. The author suggests that amendment of the federal copyright law would be more appropriate and effective.