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Use Copyright Law to Protect Your Software (Part 4: The Obstacles to Proving Intentional Copying)

Protecting your company's software (often its most valuable asset) from competitors requires planning prior to the existence of a dispute. Here, Mark Moore (Partner, Reavis Page Jump LLP) examines how courts scrutinize infringement claims relying on the U.S. Copyright Act, including their requirement of proof that the literal and/or non-literal elements of your software have been intentionally copied.

Check out the rest of Marks's series in the links below and see him in action in the AltaClaro Webcast, "Stopping Software Theft: Copyright Protections and How to Enforce Them." The event focuses primarily on audience Q&A and draws on Mark’s deep experience in multi-year litigation over these issues to emphasize practical advice over legal niceties.

Use Copyright Law to Protect Your Software (Index):
Part 1: Overview  
Part 2: Securing the Key Advantages of Registration
Part 3: The Challenge of Demonstrating Protectability
Part 4: The Challenge of Proving Intentional Copying
Part 5: Tactical Considerations for Enforcing Copyright Protections

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this material, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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