The programs a computer uses to perform particular tasks; applications. See also hardware

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

A computer program or programs and, where appropriate, associated documentation.
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Sets of coded instructions that control the operation of a computer or similar electronic device. Software generally exists in one of two forms:
source code. Alphanumeric instructions as originally written by a programmer in any of numerous programming languages such as Java or C++.
object code. A translated version of source code instructions, in a numeric form that can be directly processed by a computer or device.
Although software most often refers to computer software (or software code or just code) as defined above, the term is sometimes used for various kinds of electronic and digital media, such as television programs, recorded movies and music.
Software may be subject to protection as intellectual property under applicable copyright, patent and trade secret laws.
For more about the intellectual property rights applicable to software, see Practice Note, Intellectual Property: Overview (

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

Intangible personal property consisting of mathematical codes, programs, routines, and other functions that controls the functioning and operation of a computer's hardware.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Intangible personal property consisting of mathematical codes, programs, routines, and other functions that controls the functioning and operation of a computer's hardware.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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