"Derivative Work" for Software Defined

David Johnson david at usermode.org
Tue Jan 7 05:52:37 UTC 2003

On Monday 06 January 2003 08:57 pm, Lawrence E. Rosen wrote:

>..."in order to gain an understanding of the unprotected
> functional elements of the program"...

By stating "unprotected functional elements", the court has ruled that such 
beasties actually exist! It implies that functionality is different from the 
copyrightable expression. Since a system/function call only accesses the 
functionality, it should be permitted.

David Johnson
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