All sorts of problems can arise when a company hires an independent contractor to develop software code for it. Under the Copyright Act, only two categories of work will be considered “works made for hire” (and thus works owned by the company): Continue Reading Think Your Company Owns its Software? Think Again.
Companies often debate as to whether their software code should be treated as a trade secret or should be registered as a copyright. There are many variables to consider, but perhaps the most important is whether the company wants its source code to remain a secret. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals provided this recent breakdown of the intellectual property considerations for software code: Continue Reading What is the Best Intellectual Property Protection for Software?