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Programming languages not copyrightable, rules highest EU court

May 03, 2012, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jennifer Baker)

The European Court of Justice ruled this morning that the functionality of a computer program and the programming language it is written in cannot be protected by copyright. Europe's highest court made the decision in relation to a case brought by SAS Institute against World Programming Limited (WPL), effectively leaving the door open for software companies to "reverse engineer" programs without fear of infringing copyright.

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