The Uneasy Case for Software Copyrights Revisited

Author(s): Pamela Samuelson
Year: 2011

Abstract: Forty years ago, Justice Stephen Breyer expressed serious doubts about the economic soundness of extending copyright protection to computer programs in his seminal article, "The Uneasy Case for Copyright." This article revisits "The Uneasy Case" to consider whether Breyer's skepticism about copyright for computer programs was warranted at the time, as well as whether the case for copyrighting computer programs has become easier over time.

Keywords: copyrights, software