Math You Can't Use: Patents, Copyright, and Software (Google eBook)

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Brookings Institution Press, 2005 - Law - 192 pages
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This lively and innovative book is about computer code and the legal controls and restrictions on those who write it. The widespread use of personal computers and the Internet have made it possible to release new data or tools instantaneously to virtually the entire world. However, while the digital revolution allows quick and extensive use of these intellectual properties, it also means that their developers face new challenges in retaining their rights as creators. Drawing on a host of examples, Ben Klemens describes and analyzes the intellectual property issues involved in the development of computer software. He focuses on software patents because of their powerful effect on the software market, but he also provides an extensive discussion of how traditional copyright laws can be applied to code. The book concludes with a discussion of recommendations to ease the constraints on software development. This is the first book to confront these problems with serious policy solutions. It is sure to become the standard reference for software developers, those concerned with intellectual property issues, and for policymakers seeking direction. It is critical that public policy on these issues facilitates progress rather than hindering it. There is too much at stake.
  

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Review: Math You Can't Use: Patents, Copyright, and Software (Hardcover)

User Review  - Nick - Goodreads

Reading about law-related things is difficult. I probably didn't get nearly as much out of my first reading as could be gotten from this book. Read full review

Review: Math You Can't Use: Patents, Copyright, and Software (Hardcover)

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

I got this book after viewing the short documentary Patent Absurdity which is about software patents. I recommend both that documentary and this book to anyone who wants to know more about the issues ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Optimal Breadth
12
From Equations to Software
24
Patenting Math
44
Profiting from Overbroad Patents
73
The Decentralized Software Market
92
Interoperability
108
Protecting Text
131
Policy Recommendations
151
Glossary
161
References
167
Index
171
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Ben Klemens is a guest scholar at the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics at the Brookings Institution, where he writes programs to perform quantitative analyses and policy-oriented simulations. He also consults for the World Bank on intellectual property in the developing world and computer-based simulations of immigration policy.

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