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Journal Article

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van Caenegem, W. (1998). Data Access v PowerFlex. High court review, 4, 7 pp.



The issue in this case is relatively straightforward: does a single word in the DataFlex language amount to 'a set of instructions' in the sense of that expression in the definition of 'computer program' in s 10 of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth)? In answering this question, we enter a well-worn and complex debate about protecting the rights of authors and subsequent owners of computer programs by classifying the latter as "literary works" in Part III of the Copyright Act 1968. [2]

[2] See note in article.