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How Programs Became Products: American Law and the Making of the Software Industry, 1956-1969

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How Programs Became Products: American Law and the Making of the Software Industry, 1956-1969
Start:
December 6, 2018 12:00 pm
End:
December 6, 2018 1:30 pm
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Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: SSH 1113 (Economics Blue Room)

Gerardo Con Diaz, Department of Science and Technology Studies
History Colloquium
Abstract: Computer programs have not always been things that people can buy and sell, as we do now. In the 1950s, most of them were available for free, and users who needed a very specialized program would need to pay thousands of dollars to develop it. This talk shows how programs became salable goods in the United States during the 1960s and identifies the interrelated commercial, technical, and legal challenges that this emergence generated.

This event is sponsored by Department of History

For more information please contact: Sudipta Sen, ssen@ucdavis.edu


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