Most software developers do not oppose all software copyrights. There is broad support for basic copyright protection of computer programs which prohibits directly copying computer programs without the author's permission. Nearly all commercial software is copyrighted, and most programmers agree that such protection is necessary in order for software development to be profitable. However, software patents and "look and feel" copyrights go well beyond this to prohibit other programmers from independently writing even programs that are similar to the protected program. Such constraints are strongly resented by many in the software development community who long for the good old days when they were free to write whatever programs they wanted without fear of lawsuits.
David A. Burton,
Software Developers Want Changes in Patent and Copyright Law,
Mich. Telecomm. & Tech. L. Rev.
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