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What we should know about web-based software?

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I'm not sure in which category this should be posted. Sorry if I've made mistake.



This is important for me, I need information about web-based software/application law (e.g. copyright, license, privacy policy, etc.).


Me and my team are building a web-based software/application. I can't inform the name or what it does, but the procedures similar to something like Noteflight.

The main question is: what kind of copyright we should have for a web-based software/application? is it copyright for the software, the website or both?

There should be a big difference between Noteflight and an online shop application, while they're both website and a software. I just don't know how to describe it.

The other question is: how to describe the difference between a Website, a Software and web-based software?


How these issues managed by US or other countries law? because in my place the law is still too blurred to my eye. Yet, we have many hackers and plagiarism around here.


I know, I should ask someone at Noteflight first, but I wish I can get wider thoughts here.

any help?



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A website is a compilation of web pages that are linked together, they may be generated by software or not.


A basic definition of "software" as it's used today is any set of instructions executed by a computer.


Web-based software is software that runs on a web browser (client-side) or software that outputs content to a web browser (server-side).


Copyright protection for websites and web applications depends on the uniqueness of the content. Sometimes it's obvious and sometimes it's not, in the latter case it would have to be disputed in court because nothing's black and white in the law.

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So I thought. Probably it's better if we differ website and web-based software as: a website to view things and a website to work of something (e.g. calculating, drawing, email, online shop, etc.). If they need more details, we can also give them different advantages of languages such html, js, ajax, etc.

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