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Unformatted text preview: ogram, a method of making the perfect jelly bean, or ingredients for a special secret sauce. A trade secret has no expiration date unless the information is no longer secret or no longer provides economic benefit to the company. Many companies require their employees to sign a nondisclosure agreement, confirming that they understand its contents and promise not to share the company’s trade secrets with competitors. Companies require this both to inform the employees of the importance of keeping certain information secret and to deter them from sharing this information. Having them sign the nondisclosure agreement also gives the company the right to fire the employee or bring charges if the employee discloses a trade secret. Copyright In the United States, copyright law protects the right of an author to control the public distribution, reproduction, display, and adaptation of his original work. The law covers many categories of work: pictorial, graphic, musical, dramatic, literary, pantomime, motion picture, sculptural, sound recording, and architectural. Copyright law does not cover the specific resource, as does trade secret law. It protects the expression of the idea of the resource instead of the resource itself. A copyright law is usually used to protect an author’s writings, an artist’s drawings, a programmer’s source code, or specific rhythms and structures of a musician’s creation. Computer programs and manuals are just two examples of items protected under the Federal Copyright Act. The item is covered under copyright law once the program or manual has been written. Although including a warning and the copyright symbol (©) is not required, doing so is encouraged so others cannot claim innocence after copying another’s work. ch10.indd 861 12/4/2009 11:39:08 AM All-in-1 / CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, 5th Ed. / Harris / 160217-8 CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide 862 The protection does not extend to any method of operations, process, concept, or procedure, but it...
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