Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Political Science and Law
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Technology is moving at unmeasurable rates to that of law. Ownership rights and legality become harder to grasp distant theories. With community code-sharing and limiting language structures, when does code become plagiarized or entity-owned? The disciplines of Cyberlaw and computer science are used to provide a better understanding.
The Cyberlaw discipline explores how jurisdiction views cyberspace, source code, and source code’s placement within legislation. Due to cyberspace’s ever-evolving nature, litigation struggles to encompass the possibilities within it. Computer science delves into theory-based excursions that define the law’s shape in the cyber realm. It bolsters the possibility of implementing progressive legislation that could produce a more flexible, structured law.
This research involves theories for legislation around source code ownership, record- keeping databases, and a reformed legal system with an understanding of technology. This work aspires to discover new ways of ownership rights and inquire about ownership when there is a limiting language structure with which to work. Flexibility is imperative for the law to function in cyberspace which is rather new to a legal system in this sector. The research serves as a gateway to a newly reformed cyberlaw system in terms of ownership regarding source code and limiting computer language structures.
Amore, Alexis Nicole, "Code Ownership : Plagiarism and Use" (2021). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 724.