Copyright Law Constraints on the Transfer of Certain Federal Computer Software with Commercial Applications
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee I am pleased to present our views on the copyright laws prohibition on copyrighting the federal governments computer software. My statement today is based on our ongoing work for this Subcommittee. At your request, we are examining 1 federal agencies efforts to comply with the prohibition on copyrighting works of the government, 2 the extent to which copyright law has constrained the transfer of federal software, and 3 the pros and cons of amending copyright law to allow federal agencies to copyright computer software. This review follows up on our March 1988 report, in which we identified copyright law as a constraint to the transfer of federal computer software to U.S. businesses.
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