How To

  Homes arrow How To arrow How To Copyright And Patent Your Software
 Webmaster Tools
 
Base64 Encoding 
Browser Settings 
CSS Coder 
CSS Navigation Menu 
Datetime Converter 
DHTML Tooltip 
Dig Utility 
DNS Utility 
Dropdown Menu 
Fetch Content 
Fetch Header 
Floating Layer 
htaccess Generator 
HTML to PHP 
HTML Encoder 
HTML Entities 
IP Convert 
Meta Tags 
Password Encryption
 
Password Strength
 
Pattern Extractor 
Ping Utility 
Pop-Up Window 
Regex Extractor 
Regex Match 
Scrollbar Color 
Source Viewer 
Syntax Highlighting 
URL Encoding 
Web Safe Colors 
Forums Sitemap 
Weekly Newsletter
 
Developer Updates  
Free Website Content 
 RSS  Articles
 RSS  Forums
 RSS  All Feeds
Write For Us 
Contact Us 
Site Map 
Privacy Policy 
Support 
 USERNAME
 
 PASSWORD
 
 
  >>> SIGN UP!  
  Lost Password? 
HOW TO

How To Copyright And Patent Your Software
By: Richard Cunningham
  • Search For More Articles!
  • Disclaimer
  • Author Terms
  • Rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars / 3
    2007-08-31

    Table of Contents:
  • How To Copyright And Patent Your Software
  • The growth of...
  • One unfortunate circumstance...
  • If you are...

  • Rate this Article: Poor Best 
      ADD THIS ARTICLE TO:
      Del.ici.ous Digg
      Blink Simpy
      Google Spurl
      Y! MyWeb Furl
    Email Me Similar Content When Posted
    Add Developer Shed Article Feed To Your Site
    Email Article To Friend
    Print Version Of Article
    PDF Version Of Article
     
     

    SEARCH DEV MECHANIC

    TOOLS YOU CAN USE

    advertisement

    How To Copyright And Patent Your Software


    (Page 1 of 4 )

    If you're wondering how to copyright software, the good news is you've probably already done it.At least you have if you have ever written software. Most people get confused over exactly what having a copyright for their software means. Only those things that can be seen (when it comes to software) can be copyrighted. If you want to protect the abstract, look into patents. Otherwise if it is original, fixed, and tangible you can copyright it. Essentially you already know how to copyright software if you've put it into a finished form. Once you've written the source code, the copyright belongs to you.

    Copyrighting software doesn't offer the protection that many people hope it will. The idea of software and anything about the finished product that wasn't available in a tangible (visible) form isn't protected by copyright. In fact, the only thing undeniably protected by software copyright is the source code. The question you should ask yourself is not how to copyright software, but how to patent your software.

    What Is A Software Patent?

    A “software patent” has no universal understanding. In general, owning a patent allows a company certain rights (or exclusivity) for a prescribed amount of time. Individuals or corporations seeking a patent must apply for a patent in each country in which they wish to have one. Unlike copyrights, patents are not automatically granted to applicants and can take a while to be approved.

    More How To Articles
    More By Jase Dow

       

    HOW TO ARTICLES

    - Traffic Down One Month? Don`t Panic
    - How to Handle Fake Reviews
    - Facebook Game Update Tweaks
    - Facebook Profile Tweaks
    - How To Download Your Facebook Profile
    - Facebook Tips for Hiding Your Friends List
    - Facebook Tips to Avoid Unwanted Friend Reque...
    - Blog Contests: Do it Right
    - Simple Technique for Memorable Headlines
    - Understanding Your Analytics Results
    - Your Guide to Creating Quality Back Links
    - Getting Your True Ranking: Going Beyond Goog...
    - Optimizing for Google
    - The Right Way to Build Reciprocal Links
    - Monetization: How Not to Put Multiple Ad Ven...

    Developer Shed Affiliates

     



    © 2003-2014 by Developer Shed. All rights reserved. DS Cluster - Follow our Sitemap