MVV59K Software Law

Faculty of Law
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
Teacher(s)
Mgr. Bc. Michal Koščík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
JUDr. Matěj Myška, Ph.D. (lecturer)
JUDr. Matěj Myška, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Veronika Žolnerčíková (assistant)
Guaranteed by
JUDr. Matěj Myška, Ph.D.
Institute of Law and Technology - Faculty of Law
Contact Person: Tereza Buchalová
Supplier department: Institute of Law and Technology - Faculty of Law
Timetable
Mon 20. 9. to Fri 17. 12. each even Wednesday 14:00–15:40 316
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
MVV59K/01: Mon 27. 9. to Fri 17. 12. each odd Wednesday 14:00–15:40 316, M. Myška
Prerequisites
Understanding of intellectual property law and contract law concepts.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 22/25, only registered: 0/25
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aims of the course are:
to introduce software as the object of legal regulation;
to explain the basics of software and realted subject matter legal protection;
to present and explain the most important contractual issues of software law;
to present and explain legal aspects of software development.
Learning outcomes
Upon successfully completing this course, the students should be able to:
identify, compare and summarize the important aspects of various legal protection regimes applicable to software and its elements (e,g, GUI, interfaces) and related subject matter;
identify, describe and analyze the recent European case-law regarding software copyright;
describe the basic features of common standard software contracts (incl. contract of work, license agreement (incl. F/OSS) and SLA);
analyze and solve cases relating to legal protection of software.
Syllabus
  • Software Law - Introduction, Forms of Legal Protection, Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights
  • Software Development
  • 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
  • Data and Database Protection
  • Software Contracts I: Intro,Contract Drafting
  • Software Contracts II: License Agreement, Contract of Work, SAAS, EULA
  • Software Contracts III: F/OSS
  • Software Contracts IV: Service Level Agreements
  • Personal Data Protection: Software-related Introduction
  • Personal Data Protection in Software Applications
Literature
    recommended literature
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
    not specified
  • Further reading will be provided in the interactive syllabus.
Teaching methods
Lectures, seminars, e-learning, class discussions, contract revision, court submission preparation (ISP: + case brief, position paper)
Assessment methods
Standard studies:
Participation in seminars is compulsory (one absence allowed).
Assessment of the tasks assigned during the semester: tests in the interactive syllabus; written court submission, contract revision. These task shall be prepared before the respective seminar.
Final written test (20 questions, 4 options, one correct, no penalty points, 60% for pass, only legislative texts (not commented) allowed, 30 minutes)

Individual study plan:
No participation in seminars needed.
Assessment of the tasks assigned during the semester: tests in the interactive syllabus; written court submission, contract revision. These task shall be prepared before the respective seminar.
Three FIRAC case briefs
2 position papers on selected journal papers
Final written test (20 questions, 4 options, one correct, no penalty points, 60% for pass, only legislative texts (not commented) allowed, 30 minutes)
Language of instruction
English
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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