Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Discusses reasons for against copyrighting computer software programs. Reasons against include the potential for holding back scientific... Show moreDiscusses reasons for against copyrighting computer software programs. Reasons against include the potential for holding back scientific discoveries. Though the labor that goes into creating computer programs does seem to create property rights, the principle of free thought seems to override this right. The author discusses some of the problems that exist in copyright, trade secret, and patent law and discusses why these laws should be changed to discourage secrecy so they do not interfere with free thought. Presented at a meeting of the Collegiate Institute for Values and Science, University of Michigan, December 9, 1981 Show less
(-) mods_name_creator_namePart_mt:"Snapper, John W."