October 03, 2018
Strides in information technologies have allowed progress in different areas, such as medicine, education, industrial, graphics, fashion, and architectural design, communications, among others. Many of our daily activities involve a computer or some other programmable device that together with software, allow us to carry them out in an easier way, such as purchases, work duties, bank transfers, services payment and taxes, and recreational activities.
The software is part of the intellectual property in Colombia and in other countries of the world. According to the Spanish Language Dictionary, software is defined as a "set of programs, instructions, and computer rules to perform certain tasks on a computer". Such is the case of Excel, Word, Internet browsers and many others.
Computer programs are present in many aspects of our lives, both in our work tasks and in our daily activities. After a software is invented, it is easy to reproduce it without requiring big expenses. If this happens, its creators will not have the possibility of recovering the money and time used, much less obtaining economic benefits; therefore, it is very important to protect this type of inventions.
Software Protection by CopyrightA computer program starts from a source code: an ordered group of instructions created by its inventor in order to tell the computer what to do to execute the program. As these instructions are expressed in written form, software is considered a literary work in terms of its protection, which is why it is protected by copyright. In this area, there are patrimonial rights and moral rights.
Software Protection by PatentAn Invention Implemented by Computer (IIC) is a creation that needs a computer to be put into operation; This means that software linked to a data processor is needed to solve the problem, if one element is separated from the other, it would not produce the desired result.
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