Legal Battles That Shaped the Computer Industry

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Legal Battles That Shaped the Computer Industry

Lawrence D. Graham

QUORUM BOOKS

Westport, Connecticut • London

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures and Tables ix
  • Preface xi
  • 1 1
  • I - Hardware, Software, and the Law 5
  • 2 - Legal Protection for Hardware and Software: a Primer 7
  • 3 - Can I Go to Jail for This? 15
  • II - Control of Screen Displays 23
  • 4 - Video Game Wars 25
  • 5 - The Icon Explosion 33
  • 6 - Font Fights: Attempts to Own the Alphabet 42
  • III - User Interface Battles 51
  • 7 - The Big Deal with Look and Feel 53
  • 8 - Keyboard Commands and Menu Arrangements 62
  • 9 - Data Entry Formats 69
  • IV - Clashes over Code 77
  • 10 - Copying Operating Systems 79
  • 11 - Code Structure, Sequence, and Organization 87
  • 12 - Who Owns Programming Languages? 93
  • 13 - Efforts to Control Data and Databases 102
  • V - Special Strategic Issues 109
  • 14 - Subversive Techniques: Reverse Engineering 111
  • 15 - Is Shrink-Wrap Licensing a Dud? 119
  • 16 - Trademarks 126
  • 17 - Stockpiling Internet Domain Names 132
  • 18 140
  • VI - Hardware Battles 149
  • 19 - Computer Chip Wars 151
  • 20 - Hardware and Software Enhancement Devices 156
  • 21 - Peripheral Devices 163
  • VII - Future Battles 167
  • 22 - The Year 2000 Problem 169
  • 23 - Free Software 175
  • 24 - Conclusion 181
  • A 187
  • B 202
  • C 216
  • D 236
  • E 240
  • Suggested Reading 245
  • Index 247
  • About the Author 252
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