The Case Of Compuserve Inc. V. Patterson

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The case of CompuServe Inc. v. Patterson, the court held that uploading shareware onto a computer subjects the developer to the jurisdiction where the computer is located. CompuServe, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is a proprietary service company providing complete and comprehensive interactive products and access for online users. CompuServe reached milestones by making the gathering of information and exploring the Internet faster, easier and more convenient. Founded in 1969 as a computer time-sharing company, CompuServe led the initial emergence of the online service industry. It was not until 1979, CompuServe first delivered electronic mail capabilities and technical support to personal computer users, and in 1980, they became the first online service to offer real-time chat online. By 1982, the company had formed its Network Services Division providing wide-area networking capabilities to corporate clients. For those who subscribe to CompuServe are offered access to the Internet services and the proprietary information and software products on the CompuServe network. CompuServe programmers and software developers subscribed to CompuServe are given the capability to develop software products called “shareware”. Shareware is a type of proprietary software, which is free of charge to end users, and is allowed and encourages making and sharing copies of the program, which assists its distribution. The shareware is available to CompuServe subscribers on the CompuServe
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