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 "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 [...]


Maybe this will also have influence on other systems of law -> compare #oraclevsgoogle
Possible (other) tags:
#copyright #softwarepatents #intellectualproperty
Directive 2001/29/EC Directive 91/250/EEC #EU
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