Drawback for software developers
In its verdict of May 2012 in the case of SAS Institute Inc. ("SAS") v World Programming Ltd ("WPL"), the Court of Justice of the European Union ("ECJ") ruled that 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 and test its functionality so as to determine the ideas and principles which underlie that program.
Source/author: Newsflash ICT and Intellectual Property May 2012 - Sil Kingma
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