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Haley J. Fromholz ; Morrison, Foerster, Holloway, Clinton & Clark San Francisco, California

The nature and extent of legal protection available for computer programs is somewhat uncertain because of their abstract nature. The law has historically been willing to recognize rights in concrete objects such as real estate and tangible personal property. Where disputes arise as to rights to such tangible objects, the courts can define the subject of the dispute and give a judgment which is certain, at least as to the object affected, if not the rights of the contesting parties.

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Computer  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 12 )