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CONTU, or the Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works, was established in 1974 by United States Congress to study issues associated with copyrighted works in computers and computer-related works. It has been argued that the Commission erred in recommending the extension of copyright to machine-readable computer programs, because of the utility rule.[1]

CONTU is not to be confused with CONFU, a 1997 "conference on fair use" organized by Bruce Lehman, then Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks.


  1. ^ Pamela Samuelson (Sep 1984), CONTU Revisited: The Case against Copyright Protection for Computer Programs in Machine-Readable Form, 1984 (4), Duke Law Journal, pp. 663–769, JSTOR 1372418

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