Copyright protection of algorithms – impossible or just a question of definition?
Legal protection of algorithms has been subject of much debate over the years, and with the huge technological development, the topic is constantly gaining new relevance. Access to good and effective algorithms has become vital for companies that want to gain strong market positions, as giants like Google and Facebook use algorithms to generate customized content. The prevailing view among copyright lawyers has long been that algorithms are not protected by copyright because they are unprotected ideas behind computer programs. However, I think this is misleading and oversimplified.