DIRECTIVE ON THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF COMPUTER PROGRAMS

Directive on the Legal Protection of Computer Programs. Copyright. A 1991 European Commission initiative requiring members to protect computer software by copyright rather than by patent or some sui generis set of legal rights. • The purpose of the Directive was to harmonize copyright laws among the members of the European Commission. It standardized the degree of originality required for software to qualify for copyright protections. — Also termed Computer Programs Directive; Software Directive.