EUCD and Belgian Software Law

Arnoud Galactus Engelfriet galactus at
Sat May 11 14:09:05 UTC 2002

Rudy Gevaert wrote:
> On Sat, May 11, 2002 at 09:23:16AM +0200, Alexandre Dulaunoy wrote:
> > What do you mean by the software law (there is multiple law, ordonnance 
> > for each part of country) ? 
> Well I mean the law of 30 june 94 concering the transpositon if Belgian
> law from the european guideline of 14 May 91, about the protection by
> law of computerprograms. (Trying to translate from dutch to english) 

That's simply the law that implemented the "software should 
be protected by copyright" directive 391L0250 from 1991:!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=31991L0250&model=guichett

> So the law I stated above will be useless?  Now one has to look first at
> the law I stated and when it doesn't apply you have to look at the
> author right law.

European countries usually adopt an EC Directive by writing up
a law that makes the changes to their own laws. For example,
here in the Netherlands the "implementation law" said something
like "we're going to add computer programs and source code
to the list of article 10, copyrightable subject matter".

Do you think there is a conflict between the 1991 Directive
and the current EUCD?



Arnoud Engelfriet, (almost) Dutch patent attorney - Speaking only for myself
Patents, copyright and IPR explained for techies:

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