Czech interaction

Following a Czech court case, the European Court of Justice has made a ruling concerning graphical user interfaces – the graphic icons and visual indicators used instead of text on ‘phones, computers, handheld games devices and portable media players. Such interfaces have no protection under the Software Directive as they are neither source nor object code, nor a program enabling reproduction in a different computer language. However copyright could exist under the Information Society Directive if the interface was its author’s own intellectual creation.

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