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ECJ (Grand Chamber) ruled today in favor of programmers freedom
in order to achieve #interoperability of a second independent program

European Court of Justice. Judgment in Case C-406/10, 2 May 2012
SAS Institute Inc. v World Programming Ltd [1]

In a form more readable for 'normal' humans
Press Release No 53/12, Luxembourg, 2 May 2012
http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/P_87138/ "The functionality of a computer program and the programming language cannot be protected by copyright
The purchaser of a licence for a program is entitled, as a rule, to observe, study or test its functioning so as to determine the ideas and principles which underlie that program [...]

[1] http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?doclang=EN&text=&pageIndex=0&part=1&mode=DOC&docid=122362&occ=first&dir=&cid=131955

Maybe this will also have influence on other systems of law -> compare #oraclevsgoogle
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#copyright #softwarepatents #intellectualproperty
Directive 2001/29/EC Directive 91/250/EEC #EU
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And the meaning of these words from the Advocate General Opinion is also in the judgement of the Court of Justice (paragraph 40):
"40 As the Advocate General states in point 57 of his Opinion, to accept that the functionality of a computer program can be protected by copyright would amount to making it possible to monopolise ideas, to the detriment of technological progress and industrial development."
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