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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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