Specificity of protection
Computer programs are specific works of mind because their character
is primarly functional. In other words, they are more informational
tools and less forms of expression of the personality of their author.
This reality has important legal consequences.
The terms of protection of computer programs present some differences
compared to the terms of protection of classic copyrighted works of
mind. Although the main condition for protection is the originality
criterion, this criterion is evaluated for computer programs in a more
objective way. A computer program, thus, will be protected if it
possesses some specific functions, new arrangements, etc. This lower
level of protection closer to the sweat of the brow approach.