293 BOOK REVIEWS Computer Program Protection in the USSR: A New Era for Socialist Copyright. By C. Prins. Deventer: Kluwer Law and Taxation Publish- ers, 1991. xviii + 405 pp. Dfl. 150/US$ 76 ISBN 90-6544-593-5 This book is the best in-depth study of a narrow topic of Soviet law published in recent years. At first glance, the subject might appear unpromising. Soviet lawneverprotectedcomputerprograms. At the time the book was completed in the summer of 1991, the future of the Soviet Union itself was uncertain. The author presciently asked, "What will happen if the union republics become independent and are recognized as such by the international community is of course an open question.... The future path is dark and misty." Furthermore, as the book points out, "Getting access to data on current developments in the field [covered by the book] ... is quite an undertaking." The author set herself what appeared to be, in her own words, "an impossible mission." But she has accomplished this mission. The book provides important insights into the dynamics of the development of Soviet law in general and intellectual property law in particular during the last days of the old regime. Because of its
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