A Court Makes Things Harder In Software

The software industry is about to become even more competitive. On June 23, a federal appeals court judge in New York City ruled that a program made by Altai, a tiny Texas company, doesn't infringe the copyright of a similar program from giant Computer Associates. Unlike a 1987 ruling by another court, the June 23 decision allows software makers to imitate a program's structure as long as they don't copy the original computer code. CA says it will appeal. The ruling should aid Borland International's defense against Lotus Development, which is suing Borland for violating the copyrights of Lotus' 1-2-3 spreadsheet.

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