Confusing copyright

Copying was the subject of another case in which the ECJ decided that legal protection of a computer program did not protect its functionality, programming language or the format of its data files. This means that someone obtaining a program could, without further authorisation, study it to discover the ideas underlying the program as long as they did not otherwise infringe the copyright holder’s rights. From now on it will be more difficult for software copyright owners to claim infringement where a defendant has no access to the underlying source code.

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