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Transport Sector Update: General - Software copyright: SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd
  • Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
  • European Union
  • June 14 2012

In the recent judgment by European Court of Justice in the SAS Institute Inc. v World Programming Ltd. case the court determined the level of copyright protection in the functionality, as opposed to the code, of computer programs


Software copyright: SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd
  • Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
  • European Union
  • May 17 2012

Specialist software is vital to many industrial engineering and design processes


Copyright protects the code of a computer program not its functionality or the ideas underlying the software
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • United Kingdom, European Union
  • May 15 2012

According to the recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) in SAS Institute Inc. (“SAS Institute”) v World Programming Ltd (“WPL”), the defendant did not infringe the claimant’s copyright by effectively reverse engineering the SAS software and writing a new program closely emulating the functionality of the SAS software


Can you copy software without infringement?
  • CMS
  • United Kingdom, European Union
  • December 12 2011

The AG recommends that copying functionality without the code is unobjectionable


Good news, bad news. the SAS Institute v. World Programming case and its effect on software copyright law
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • August 13 2010

Sometimes, it's not what happens that's important, but what happens next


Philip Nolan
  • Mason Hayes & Curran

Roberto José Grané
  • Baker McKenzie

Bruno Maeda
  • Baker McKenzie

Lorraine Power
  • McCann FitzGerald

Howard Ricklow
  • Collyer Bristow LLP