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Title: The Scope of Reverse Engineering of Computer Software under the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 1999: A Critique
Authors: Gopakumar, K M
Issue Date: Mar-2001
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: This article attempts to examine the scope of reverse engineering of computer software under the recent amendment to the Copyright Act. The analysis is made in the background of a similar development in USA, Europe and India's obligation under TRIPS Agreement. It contests the perception that the Act permits ample scope for reverse engineering and shows that the changes brought by the amendment give only a minimum space for reverse engineering. Though the amendment limits the space of reverse engineering, but it accommodates the market-oriented jurisprudence of copyright protection. The scope of reverse engineering under the Copyright Act even after amendment is the weakest in India. Limiting the scope of decompilation only for achieving interoperability exceeds India's international obligation to protect the computer software. Therefore, limiting the scope of decompilation only for achieving interoperabilily is unwarranted.
Page(s): 94-108
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/19461
ISSN: 0975-1076 (Online); 0971-7544 (Print)
Appears in Collections:JIPR Vol.06(2) [March 2001]

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