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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 Road Ahead

The Road Ahead

(p.183) 6 The Road Ahead
Interfaces on Trial 2.0

Jonathan Band

Masanobu Katoh

The MIT Press

This chapter considers various issues that may have more impact on interoperability in the future. These include open-source software, software patents and statutory requirements. This chapter explains that while copyright law has evolved in a manner that prevents its use to exercise control of interface specifications, Microsoft and other companies continue to pursue proprietary business strategies, with great success. It also argues that even if copyright does not protect a program’s interface specifications, a patent that applies to the program’s interface or basic functionality can frustrate interoperability with that program.

Keywords:   interoperability, open-source software, software patents, statutory requirements, copyright law, proprietary business strategies, interface specifications

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