As a former programmer with over 2 decades of programming experience, she is well placed to win copyright infringement cases regarding software. Software, or computer programs are protected as a literary work under the Copyright Act.
Not only are computer programs protected because they are a literary work, but specific provisions apply to protect software as a work. If you take certain steps before your software is stolen, you can drastically reduce the cost of enforcing your rights.
If you take a few simple steps prior to your software being taken or copied you can:
If you act quickly when your software is taken or your computer programs are copied we can:
After the computer programs are copied or taken we can:
Our founding Partner is a former software engineer and has run and won numerous software copyright infringement cases. She ran one of the largest cases of computer program copyright infringement in Australia. She has acted for numerous software companies to help them protect their software – which is effectively stock in trade for a software company.
She also has a background in encryption and information security having worked at Eracom and on government military projects.
Nicole prides herself on settling the cases quickly and economically which is achievable if the client takes action as soon as possible.
Nicole is a Director of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) and the only lawyer on the Queensland law society cybersecurity working group. Nicole has a wide network of forensic experts who have a proven track record of giving qualified and expert advice in expert reports to be filed in Court and also as witnesses in the witness box. She knows what makes a convincing witness and what does not.
She also understands Australian copyright laws that protect software and computer programs. She uses that knowledge and her in-depth knowledge of software and computer programs to put her client’s case in the best possible manner to the Court whilst ensuring the concepts presented to the Court are simple enough to be understood and digested.
Read Nicole’s biggest software computer program copying case:
Copyright protects the expression of the idea, not the idea itself. This means that:
Copyright in a work will not be infringed unless a substantial part of the work is taken/copied/used:
Software and Copyright Law:
Copyright rights are infringed when a person does a thing comprised in an act of copyright which includes (amongst other things):
The vast majority of cases we run regarding the copying of computer programs or the theft of source code involve other claims that are not related to copyright. These include vicarious liability claims against employers, misuse of confidential information cases, breaches of the Corporations Act, breaches of fiduciary duties and breaches of employment contracts.
Your case isn’t over, just because you don’t have a copyright infringement case.