May 8, 2012
Yet another Copyright battle, and boy are we sick of the Testosterone fuelled fights by major manufacturers as this just makes our new toys cost more.
However this one is different. The European Court of Justice ruled in SAS v World Programming that;
“There is no copyright infringement” (when a software company without access to a program’s source code) “studied, observed and tested that program in order to reproduce its functionality in a second program,”
This clarifies, in Europe at least, that a company cannot sue in copyright because a piece of software does the same job or uses similar data formats unless the code has been copied directly. This may have the effect of encouraging competition and reducing litigation – which can only be a good thing for software purchasers in the long run.