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Interfaces on Trial 2.0

Jonathan Band and Masanobu Katoh

Publication Year: 2011

The debate over the use of copyright law to prevent competition and interoperability in the global software industry.

Published by: The MIT Press


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p. vii

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pp. ix-x

In 1995, when Jonathan Band and Masanobu Katoh published Interfaces on Trial, the technology landscape was very different. But their vision and insights have proven to be timeless. At the time, a gigabyte hard drive was unheard of and the Internet was unknown to many people. Now you can carry several gigabytes around in your pocket, and the Internet...

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p. xi

Even it the Digital Age, it still takes a village to draft, edit, and publish a book. We would like to thank the following, in alphabetical order, for their significant contributions to this process: Margy Avery, Paul Bethge, Brandon Butler...

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1 The Interoperability Debate

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pp. 1-20

We live in an interoperable world. Computer hardware and software products manufactured by different vendors can exchange data within local networks and around the globe via the Internet. Competition enabled by interoperability has led to innovation and lower prices, and this has placed extraordinary computing...

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2 Copyright Cases in U.S. Courts

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pp. 21-72

By the mid 1990s, U.S. courts had ruled on the two copyright issues critical to interoperability. First, following the Second Circuit’s methodology in Computer Associates Int’l, Inc. v. Altai, Inc.,1 several courts had refused to extend copyright protection to...

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3 Interoperability under the DMCA

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pp. 73-120

Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), passed by Congress in October of 1998, implements the provisions of the World Intellectual Property Organization Internet Treaties relating to technological protection measures. Specifically...

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4 Contractual Limitations on Reverse Engineering

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pp. 121-134

Most software is distributed subject to a license of some sort, and many of these licenses prohibit reverse engineering for any reason. The EU Software Directive fashioned a simple rule that contractual restrictions on reverse engineering permitted under that...

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5 Interoperability Overseas

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pp. 135-182

The Internet has convinced policy makers around the world of the importance of interoperability. In particular, Australian and Asian policy makers have concluded that their domestic firms can participate in the global market for information technology only if those firms’ products can interoperate with the products...

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6 The Road Ahead

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pp. 183-204

As was noted in chapter 1, many factors have contributed to the migration from the locked-in computing environment of the 1970s to today’s interoperable world. These factors include consumer demand, business strategy, government policy, and the ideology of technologists. The evolution of copyright law...

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pp. 205-228


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pp. 229-233

E-ISBN-13: 9780262295543
Print-ISBN-13: 9780262015004

Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2011

OCLC Number: 727944821
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  • Copyright -- Computer programs.
  • Computer software industry -- Law and legislation.
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