Can programmers be called code authors or any other term similar in meaning to a book author?
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As a programmer myself, I say "why the hell not?" — But I guess that's biased?
However, Merriam-Webster does seem to agree with me as it defines 'author' as: "one that originates or creates" and cites software authors as an example.
So in both my opinion and the accepted definition of the word author, yes, a programmer can be considered an author.
Here's a C++ example:
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Yes, programmers can be called code authors.
In Spain and other European countries (France and Portugal at least), software cannot be patented; its commercial protection is achieved through intellectual property laws, the equivalent to the anglosaxon concept of copyright. Intellectual property laws, which explicitly include software, speak of a creator or author of the work being protected.
So I guess yes, author is a good term for someone who has created a piece of software.
protected by RegDwigнt♦ Jan 16 '12 at 10:35
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