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Who owns software developed for your company?

It happens all the time. A company hires an independent computer programmer to write software. All too often, it's software the company uses to run an important part of its business. All too often as well, there is no written contract.

Even when there is a written contract, the specifics of ownership of the intellectual property in the software are often not......

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Krause told Titleserv that it was free to continue using the executable code as it existed on the day that he left, but that Titleserv had no right to modify the source code. Inability to modify the source code severely limited the value of programs to Titleserv.

Titleserv had to prove three things in order to fall under the protection of such Section 117(a).

First, it had ......

Full article >>> h a machine." The court concluded that the modifications made by Titleserv (correcting program errors, changing the source code to add new clients and perform other routine tasks, incorporating the programs into a Windows-based system, and adding capabilities that allowed the program to be more responsive to the needs of Titleserv's business) were essential steps in the utilization of the computer......

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While this case is an interesting one for copyright lawyers, the key takeaway item for business people should be that the parties to this dispute likely spent tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars to resolve the dispute. This dispute should never have taken place because the parties should have contractually addressed these issues well before the ......

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