This chapter reviews the interoperability debate in the Pacific Rim, with stops in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, and the Philippines. It discusses the Copyright Amendment Act of 1984 in Australia which puts computer programs under the protection of the Australian copyright law, the amendment of the copyright law in Singapore to permit software reverse engineering, and the Philippines’ crafting of a hybrid of the fair-use provision of the U.S. Copyright Act and article 6 of the European Union (EU) Software Directive. It also suggests that these countries had to deal with political pressure from dominant U.S. software companies and from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in confronting the issue of reverse engineering.
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