Code as speech: A discussion of Bernstein V. USDOJ, karn V. USDOS, and junger V. Daley in light of the U.s. Supreme court's recent shift to federalism
Ethics and Information Technology 3 (1):21-33 (2001)
|Abstract||The purpose of this paper is to address the question of whethercomputer source code is speech protected by the First Amendmentto the United States Constitution or whether it is merelyfunctional, a ``machine'', designed to fulfill a set task andtherefore bereft of protection. The answer to this question is acomplex one. Unlike all other forms of ``speech'' computer sourcecode holds a unique place in the law: it can be copyrighted, likea book and it can be patented like a machine or process.Case law, intellectual property law and encryption exportregulations all reflect this contradictory dichotomy.|
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