Instructions of the National Copyright Administration on Finite Expression Method of Computer Software

(By Luo Yanjie) Abstract: The principle of computer software infringement primarily involves materially similarity and contact. The similar or identical software does not constitute copyright infringement if the available expression methods are finite. But the similar or identical software shall be a work produced respectively and independently, and shall not be a plagiarized or copied one of others’.

Software industry is the heart and soul of the information industry and plays a crucial role in a country’s economic development all over the world. It is of great significance of setting clear standards on the protection scope of computer software and on the judgment of the software copyright infringement to protect the software industry. In today’s post, we will introduce a common problem in software infringement whether finite expression methods constitute an infringement or not, and an instruction of the National Copyright Administration on this problem for the following.