"In this series of Industry Insights, I will look in-depth at the entire issue of software and patents. Software patents have been an issue of some debate in recent years. There are those who feel software should not be patented; others seek patents so as to protect their intellectual capital; and there are those who feel all software should be free. Before we talk about the possibility of patenting software, we need to know what we mean by "software". The word software is often used to mean music, video or other content that is made available for purchase or use, as opposed to computer software."