Abstract

In 1972, the US Supreme Court ruled in Gottschalk v. Benson that a computer program developed at Bell Laboratories was ineligible for patent protection. This article argues that the history of Gottschalk v. Benson turned on a series of “ontological contests”—that is, clashes among actors who advanced mutually incompatible conceptions of the nature of software.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1934-1547
Print ISSN
1058-6180
Pages
pp. 23-33
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-12
Open Access
No
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