The first chapter provides a technical overview of software, aimed at the non-technical reader. The law of confidential information and trade secrets is then examined, and it's suitability to the software industry is assessed. The module then deals with copyright law, considering the unique characteristics of computer programs as literary works and the consequences these characteristics bring about. Patent law is examined as a vehicle for software protection, and the main difficulties that arise from the unique nature of software are highlighted. Finally, there is an examination of the main forms of software licensing, including the non-IP alternative model of open source licensing.

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