The aims of the course are:
to introduce software as the object of legal relationships;
to explain the basics of software legal protection;
to present the most important contractual issues of software law;
to present legal aspects of software development and business models;
Upon successfully completing this course, the students should be able to:
Identify and summarize the important aspects of the legal protection regimes applicable to software;
Compare and summarize the differences between copyright and patent protection for software;
Describe the basic features of common standard software contracts;
Identify, describe and analyze the recent European case-law regarding software copyrights;
Analyze complex cases relating to legal protection of software incl. second-hand sales of software, protection of look-and-feel and GUI of software, standard software licensing and Free/Open source software licensing
Software Law - Introduction, Forms of Legal Protection, Introduction to IPR
Software Development and Business Models
Copyright protection: a software-related introduction
Copyright Protection for Software, Protection of Non-Literal Elements in Software
Other Forms of Protection: Software Patents (Utility and Design) in Practice; Know-How, Trade Secret, Goodwill and Trademark Protection, Non-Disclosure, Confidentiality and Non-Competition Agreements
Database Protection and Software
Software Contracts I: Intro, SAAS, EULA
Software Contracts II: Contract Drafting
Software Contracts III: F/OSS
Software Contracts IV: Service Level Agreements
Personal data protection: a software-related introduction
Personal data protection in software applications
BALLARDINI, Rosa Maria, 2012. Intellectual Property Protection for Computer Programs: Developments, Challenges, and Pressures for Change [online]. Helsinki: Svenska handelshögskolan. Available from: https://helda.helsinki.fi/dhanken/handle/10138/35504
SWINSON, John, 1991. Copyright or Patent or Both: An Algorithmic Approach to Computer Software Protection. Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. 1992 1991. Vol. 5, no. Fall, p. 145–214.
JOHN SHAEFFER, 2017. Software as Text. Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal [online]. 20 February 2017. Vol. 33, no. 3, p. 324–414. Available from: http://digitalcommons.law.scu.edu/chtlj/vol33/iss3/1.
Further reading will be provided in the interactive syllabus.
Lectures, seminars, e-learning, class discussions, contract revision, court submission preparation, position paper preparation
Final written test - multiple choice test.
Assessment of the tasks assigned during the semester: tests in the interactive syllabus; written submission, contract revision; position paper.
These task shall be prepared before the respective seminar.
Participation in seminars is compulsory.