Contents of the SOFTMARK.DOC file
INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS NEEDED
FOR SOFTWARE COPYRIGHT APPLICATION
M. Lee Murrah
Attorney at Law
6504 Hillcrest Rd.
Roanoke, Texas 76262
Metro 430-3760 (Area 817)
1. Full name and nationality (or domicile) of author.
2. Birthdate of author, unless the copyright is to be owned by a
company. Date of death if author is dead.
3. If multiple authors, description of what each contributed.
4. If the applicant is different from the author, a description of
how the applicant obtained ownership of the software.
5. If the registration is to in the name of a company, the full
name and address of the company and the name and title of the officer
who will make the application. If the software was written as an
employee of a company, the software is considered a "work for hire", and
the company is considered the "author".
6. Year the software was created.
7. Full date the software was first published (if it has been
published), and the country in which first published.
8. If the software is being published commercially, the name and
address of the publisher.
1. A full printout of the software source code for file
documentation purposes. Be sure the source code has a comment or
remark at the beginning with the title of the software and your
copyright notice. See BULLETINS for proper form of copyright notice.
2. A printout of the software object code (hexadecimal listing)
for file documentation purposes. Be sure the object code includes a
copyright notice that appears on the initial screen EVERY TIME THE
SOFTWARE IS RUN. See BULLETINS for proper form of copyright notice.
3. Three (3) special copies of the software for deposit with the
application. The guidelines in 1 and 2 immediately above regarding
copyright notice should be followed, EXCEPT that certain portions of
the deposit copies may be omitted or be blacked out as described below.
4. Documentation for the software. Be sure the documentation has
a copyright notice on the title page. See BULLETINS for proper form of
5. Copy of registration previous version of the software, if
Software Deposit Guidelines
You have three options for making deposits of software with your
1. Deposit the first 25 and last 25 pages of the SOURCE listing.
If less than 50 pages, then all must be submitted.
2. Deposit all the object code under the "rule of doubt."
3. Deposit the source and/or object code with portions omitted or
blacked out, with a special "petition for special relief",as follows:
(a) Submit the first and last 25 pages of the SOURCE code with
up to 50% blacked out.
(b) Submit the first and last 10 pages of the SOURCE code
with none blacked out. If less than 20 pages, then all must be
(c) Submit the first and last 25 pages of the OBJECT code plus
any 10 or more consecutive pages of the SOURCE CODE. If the object
code is less than 50 pages, then all must be submitted.
Clearly, in any case you would want to do two things: (1) place
the "meat" of the program in the middle part which may be omitted under
the guidelines, and (2) double or triple space your source listing.
RECOMMENDATION: Option 3 with the option ( a, b, or c) which
reveals the least amount of sensitive code is usually the best choice.