2 December 2014

Call for papers: "Protection of Computer Programmes and Databases"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Intellectual Property Management.

Computer programmes and databases are the pillars of the modern internet-based economy. The European Union has harmonised laws related to the protection of computer programmes, and has established a novel regime concerning the sui generis protection of databases. However, other countries, particularly the United States, have adopted a different approach with respect to the protection of databases. In addition, under American law, computer programmes and business methods can be patented, whereas the position of the European Union is – at least theoretically – contrary in this respect.

This special issue is aimed at encouraging academic researchers worldwide to examine different aspects of the protection of computer programmes and electronic databases, especially in the context of the internet and emerging cloud computing models of distribution. In particular, the issue is aimed at examining the status of websites under IP law. This call for papers also welcomes papers offering comparative analysis or legal reflections focused on non-EU legal systems. Papers presenting policy perspectives or well-supported stakeholders’ positioning are equally warmly received.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Copyright protection of computer programmes in the EU and the US
  • Cloud services and intellectual property
  • Copyright protection of graphical user interfaces
  • Protection of computer languages
  • Decompilation and other forms of fair use
  • Software patents
  • Copyright and sui generis protection of databases
  • Protection of e-learning materials
  • Websites as objects of copyright
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution for these issues
  • Transposition of directive 2009/24 and directive 96/9 in member states
  • Positioning of civil society and lobbies in these issues
  • National legislation in non-EU countries

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 June, 2015

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