Software Directive

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Directive 2009/24/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the legal protection of computer programs (Codified version) (Text with EEA relevance)




Article 1 - Object of protection


Article 2 - Authorship of computer programs


Article 3 - Beneficiaries of protection


Article 4 - Restricted acts


Article 5 - Exceptions to the restricted acts


Article 6 - Decompilation


Article 7 - Special measures of protection


Article 8 - Continued application of other legal provisions


Article 9 - Communication


Article 10 - Repeal


Article 11 - Entry into force


Article 12 - Addressees



Annex I


Annex II




Text in force at 01-01-2020. The text can be verified at EUR-LEX. Titles of articles have been added for convenience, but are lacking in the official text, IP-PorTal.