SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted May 4th, 2012 in computer programs, copyright, EC law, law reports by tracey

SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd: (Case C-406/10);  [2012] WLR (D)  131

“The functionality of a computer program, the programming language and the format of data files used in a computer program in order to exploit certain of its functions did not constitute a form of expression of that program within the meaning of article 1(2) of Council Directive 91/250/EEC on the legal protection of computer programs (OJ 1991 L122, p 42) and, as such, were not protected by copyright in computer programs for the purposes of that Directive.”

WLR Daily, 2nd May 2012