Ciprian Raul Romițan*
In Romanian law, computer programs fall within the category of literary works protected by copyright. For this purpose, Chapter IX of Law No. 8/1996 on copyright and related rights is dedicated to computer programs and it takes over the protection rules laid down in Council Directive No. 91/250/EEC of 14 May 1991 on the legal protection of computer programs, which states in Article 1 that “Member States shall protect computer programs, by copyright, as literary works within the meaning of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works”.
Such protection shall extend by law to all forms of expression of the intellectual creation of the author of a computer program. However, it is stated that the ideas and principles which underlie any element of a computer program, including those which underlie its interfaces, are not protected by copyright under that Directive.