EU Court Of Justice Says Software Functionality Is Not Subject To Copyright

In a relatively short ruling, the court points out that, while software itself may be covered by copyright, “the ideas and principles which underlie any element of a computer program, including those which underlie its interfaces, are not protected by copyright.” Basically, the EUCJ properly recognized the difference between protecting the idea not copyrightable and the expression copyrightable. The court points out that actual code can still be covered, but the features generated out of that code is a different story:

via Techdirt.

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