Accession Number : ADA204761

Title :   Rights to Data Developed under Government Software Contracts: An Historical Analysis and Expert Opinion.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s) : Fairchild, Deborah A.

Report Date : DEC 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 115

Abstract : The purpose of this study was to establish the historical and legal framework for current Department of Defense policies with regard to data rights to computer software developed under Government contracts. The study also assessed the effectiveness of those policies. The study found that although the legal system was slowly progressing toward copyright protection of computer software, Government policies remained essentially unchanged until the 1980's. Early in the decade, many events including the spare parts controversies, and passage of the Competition in Contracting and Defense Procurement Reform Acts instigated a flurry of policies, the latest of which were promulgated in April and June of 1988. Keywords: Law, Proprietary rights. (jes)

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *PROCUREMENT, CONTRACTS, COPYRIGHTS, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, HISTORY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, POLICIES, PROTECTION, SPARE PARTS.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE