Application of June 02, 2008, No. P - 385351
The Method of Charging Fees on Account of Copyright Protection of Computer Programs and Websites.
Object of the Invention. The object of the invention is a method of collecting fees on account of copyright
protection of computer programs and websites. The method can be widely applied in the global scope of copyright
protection, at the same time ensuring due remuneration to authors of computer programs and websites.
State of the Art. At present, computer programs can be purchased via the Internet, so that a potential customer
orders via the Internet the product he is interested in that is sent as a CD or DVD to the address of the customer. In
this case, the customer pays for a particular product which is a CD with installation software version. Computer
programs can be purchased in the traditional way as well, by buying a CD at supermarkets, computer shops and
points of sales of software.
You can also illegally use pirated software versions. This unethical form of acquiring products makes the authors of
computer programs do not receive the remuneration they deserve.
As for the commercialization of the Internet sites, at present, it is possible for data administrator to profit from
websites so that it is allowed to enter the website after the fee has been paid in advance via commercial SMS and
after logging in with an individual code received with the return SMS.
Description of the Invention. The method of collecting fees on account of copyright protection of computer
programs and websites is the following: each computer user has access to all types of commercial software,
whereas the most important thing according to the invention is the fact that each user pays a fee only for the
programs he uses and in proportion to the amount of time the program is used, so that the user who in the given
month uses the software for 10 hours, will pay five times less than the user who uses this software for 50 hours per
month. The issue of collecting fees has been solved in the following way:
1. To collect fees on account of copyright protection of computer programs and websites, the ‘MOTHER’
company has been created running its business on the territory of all the civilized countries of the world that accepts
rewarding authors on account of protection of the above laws. The Company may have its representatives in the
territories of different countries, but generally copyright laws for computer programs and collecting fees for
commercial websites are globally distributed under its patronage. Authors of computer programs and websites
conclude agreements with the ‘MOTHER’ company, which pays due remuneration for authors.
2. On account of collecting fees for computer programs and websites according to the invention, a tariff is
created which is a peculiar computer program. Its functionalities include running all the programs for which license
fees are collected according to the invention. "Tariff" can be a separate program that is installed on the computer.
The program can be installed from the level of operating system installation as well.
3. All computer programs which are run through ‘tariff’ can be operated only when it is allowed by the ‘tariff’
account balance. ‘Tariff’ account balance is recharged via the internet, when a computer user connects to the
‘MOTHER’ company server ordering ‘tariff’ recharge by the selected amount. The selected amount is paid by:
commercial SMS, credit card, bank transfer or postal order, while the ‘tariff’ account balance is recharged via the
Internet after ‘MOTHER’ company server confirms that the ‘tariff’ recharge amount paid by the given computer has
4. Creating computer programs is time-consuming and varies from program to program. Some of them are
simple and can be written within a few days, while others are so complex that he they must be written by the whole
team of experts for several weeks or even months, and therefore variety of prices should be applied for using
individual programs, and thus, for example, price for using ‘Windows’ operating system could be €0.4 or $0.4 for one
hour of use. For using a simple educational game for children, whose creation is not much time-consuming, could
fluctuate around €0.1 or $0.1 for one hour of use. While in the case of a much more complex program such as CAD,
the price for one hour of use could be as high as a few euros/dollars. Each computer program run through "tariff"
should display detailed information about the hourly rate of a given program.
5. Except for the operating system each computer program operating via "tariff of" should have its free (or much
cheaper) version educational, and the version that could have been created limitations such as no printing
capabilities, no possibility to export to other programs, no possibility to transfer data to other programs via clipboard,
saving files only to educational file format, preventing opening the document using a commercial (paid) version of the
6. Per second billing of using the software should be additional option of ‘tariff’. ‘Tariff’ should not charge time of
using the given program, if the operating system does not record mouse activity as well as to a computer keyboard
activity for a specified period of time (say 1 minute).
7. In case several programs using the ‘tariff’ are run at the same time, ‘tariff’ should bill only for time of using the
program which is currently used by the computer user, while the ‘tariff’ can simultaneously charge the time of using
the operating system and of other programs running at the same time.
8. ‘Tariff’ operation should be preceded by entering personal password of the computer owner (administrator),
while if a single computer is used by several users, the ‘tariff’ should be equipped with a functionality of login and
password protection status for the individual user accounts. Moreover, each user should be able to recharge the
status of his individual account and transferring the desired amount from one user account to the account of another
should also be possible (e.g. a child’s account whose parent can monitor time his child spends at the computer).
9. Operating systems as well as any other software operating via ‘tariff’ should have its own individual code to
run its detailed statistics on what program and for how long it was used. During the next ‘tariff’ recharge, these
statistics should be sent to the ‘MOTHER’ company server, so that authors and producers of individual programs
are remunerated in proportion to the popularity of the their products.
10. ‘Tariff’ may also be used for settlements of visiting payable websites, whereby if websites using the method
according to the invention are commercialized, the authors of the given webpages register their website on a
‘MOTHER’ company server, and then a unique code stored in the ‘MOTHER’ company registry is assigned to each
such internet website.
11. Any commercial website contains information regarding the price to be paid before visiting this site for
visiting this website, and a potential Internet user is informed of what costs it involves, whereby after receiving the
information and before visiting the commercial side, the Internet user should be free to choose if he resigns from
visiting the website, or visits the website prior to agreeing to contractual amount deduction from his ‘tariff’ account
12. Each commercial websites administrator sets individual price for visiting his website and informs potential
Internet users that as part of this one-time fee he, internet user with specific IP address, may use his website for
multiple visits, for a period of 1 day, 1 week or 1 month.
13. As with of computer programs, using the individual codes assigned to each website, the ‘tariff’ runs
statistics which during the next ‘tariff’ account recharge is sent to the ‘MOTHER’ company server , so that
administrators as well as authors of commercial websites are remunerated by ‘MOTHER’ company adequately to
popularity of their websites.
14. In case ‘The Method of Collecting Fees on Account of Copyright Protection of Computer Programs And
Websites’ is applied, ‘hacking’ computer programs may be created that enable running computer programs and
visiting commercial websites bypassing the ‘tariff’ . Therefore, the law should be passed under which the authors
and producers of operating systems would be obliged to regularly update their operating systems which when
scanning the computer, would detect ‘hacking’ programs and in the case of this kind of unlawful use of a computer,
would halt the operating system.
The method of collecting fees on account of copyright protection of computer programs and websites according
to invention has enormous advantages for the following reasons:
1. Installation versions of all computer programs can be freely copied and distributed without breaking the
2. Administrators of commercial websites as well as authors and producers of computer programs are
remunerated adequately to popularity of the given products.
3. Each computer user has access to the best software and with educational versions each computer user may
advance his knowledge and skills in using specialized software for free or at low cost.