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Interfaces on Trial 2.0$
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Jonathan Band and Masanobu Katoh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015004

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015004.001.0001

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The Interoperability Debate

The Interoperability Debate

(p.1) 1 The Interoperability Debate
Interfaces on Trial 2.0

Jonathan Band

Masanobu Katoh

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the interoperability debate in the European Union and the U.S. before 1995. It considers the issues concerning the unprotectability of interface specifications and the permissibility of reverse engineering for computer software. It reviews several relevant cases including Whelan v. Jaslow, Computer Associates v. Altai, and Atari v. Nintendo and Sega v. Accolade. It argues that the triumph of interoperability will benefit both the information technology industry and computer users around the world.

Keywords:   interoperability debate, U.S., European Union, interface specifications, reverse engineering, computer software, information technology industry, computer users

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