A straightforward guide to the complex issues of copyright and other intellectual property rights in software has been published by the BCS.
Intellectual Property Rights in Software: A Practical Guide for Professionals and Business Managers aims to give software developers, suppliers and users practical guidance and a wider understanding of intellectual property matters.
The guide follows the question and answer format of the society's popular guides to the year 2000, e-commerce, the euro and data protection.
"There are uncertainties about the application of the law, but there are also practical measures that honest practitioners can take to protect their intellectual property and to guard against misplaced allegations of infringement," says BCS publications manager Ian Jones.
"The guide provides clear and practical advice on how to ensure your work is protected and, equally, that you do not infringe others' rights."
Coverage includes how to get protection of intellectual property rights, the individual and the organisation as creator and user, the international dimension, and disputes and resolutions, with case studies. There is also a list of books, journals and Web sites.