|About the Book|
We live in an interoperable world. Computer hardware and software products fromdifferent manufacturers can exchange data within local networks and around the world using theInternet. The competition enabled by this compatibility between devices hasMoreWe live in an interoperable world. Computer hardware and software products fromdifferent manufacturers can exchange data within local networks and around the world using theInternet. The competition enabled by this compatibility between devices has led to fast-pacedinnovation and prices low enough to allow ordinary users to command extraordinary computingcapacity. In Interfaces on Trial 2.0, Jonathan Band and Masanobu Katoh investigate an oftenoverlooked factor in the development of todays interoperabilty: the evolution of copyright law.Because software is copyrightable, copyright law determines the rules for competition in theinformation technology industry. This book--a follow-up to Band and Katohs successful 1995 bookInterfaces on Trial--examines the debates surrounding the use of copyright law to preventcompetition and interoperability in the global software industry in the last fifteen years. Band andKatoh are longtime advocates for interoperable devices but present a reasoned view of contentiousissues related to interoperability issues in the United States, the European Union, and the PacificRim[. They discuss such topics as the protectability of interface specifications, the permissibilityof reverse engineering (and legislative and executive endorsement of pro-interoperability case law),the interoperability exception to the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the interoperabilitycases decided under it, the enforceability of contractural restrictions on reverse engineering-] andrecent legal developments affecting the future of interoperability, including those related to opensource-software and software patents.