The purpose of intellectual property rights is to protect the foundation of prosperity inherent in the creations of authors and artists. Among these protected interests is the author or artist's livelihood or economic benefit derived from reducing their creative thoughts into a tangible medium. Nowhere are commercial interests in personal expressions more prevalent than in the rapidly expanding and evolving industry of computer software and the Internet. Authors and publishers of computer software merit copyright protection of their products to safeguard the substantial amounts of money invested in producing their goods, as well as the enormous profits capable of being realized in the global technological market.
Geoffrey S. Kercsmar, Computer Software & Copyright Law: The Growth of Intellectual Property Rights in Germany, 15 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 565 (1997).