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The legal protection of computer programmes

Council Directive 91/250/EEC of 14 May 1991 on the legal protection of computer programmes notes the important role of such programmes and that they are not clearly protected in all Member States. Hence, before 1 January 1993, Member States shall take measures to comply with t...
Council Directive 91/250/EEC of 14 May 1991 on the legal protection of computer programmes notes the important role of such programmes and that they are not clearly protected in all Member States. Hence, before 1 January 1993, Member States shall take measures to comply with the Directive, which sets out, inter alia: Computer programmes shall be protected as literary works within the meaning of the Berne convention; the author shall be the natural person or group creating the programme, or the rightholder; restrictions shall apply to reproduction by any means, as well as to translation or adaptation; exceptions include use of the programme by a lawful acquirer for its intended purpose; authorization for decompilation is not required in order to achieve interoperability with other programmes, within stated provisions; Member States shall provide remedies against infringement; protection shall be until fifty years after the death of the last surviving author; the Directive shall not prejudice other legal provisions.
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