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February 27, 2014
Software Copyrights: Less Than Meets the Eye?

Most developers know, vaguely at least, that their code is protected by copyright and is entitled to the “©” symbol just like the script on the average cereal box. Some developers might even know that their source code is considered a “literary work”, just like Moby Dick. Just how far does this protection go? Come […]

February 27, 2014
The Taxman Cometh – Software Taxes and Who Pays Them

Welcome to the wacky world of software taxes. Computer software is usually considered by the law as “intangible personal property”. And most of the time, there is no sales tax on such property. And this wasn’t for lack of trying by state taxing authorities. They would take the position that software is tangible and try […]

June 25, 2013
Rights of Publicity in the US and UK

Ever wondered about the paparazzi who shove cameras in celebrities’ faces and then publish the pictures? How do television networks get to air miniseries on the life of Princess Di? Did you ever play with Lincoln Logs? Should Napoleon brandy makers have to pay a royalty, or has the old boy been too long in […]

June 3, 2013
Open Source Software: Blessing and Curse

Open source software is both a blessing and curse. It’s truly a blessing for the software developer because the huge and growing open-source libraries provide tested and standardized functionalities that make a geek’s life that much easier. Using open-source, companies are able to reduce the time to market for new products, lower costs for maintenance […]

June 3, 2013
The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods

It’s what you don’t know that can hurt you. Such is the case with the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. CISG (as it’s called) is an international analogue to Article 2 of the U.S. Uniform Commercial Code, and governs contracts for the sales of goods internationally. It was sponsored […]