This book presents the history of one of the key debates in the continuing effort to develop a legal framework for intellectual property rights in the burgeoning computer software industry. It is the first full account of the interoperability debate.
1. The Technology and Industry Contexts 2. The Intellectual Property Law Context 3. The Unprotectability of Interface Specifications 4. The Permissibility of Software Reverse Engineering 5. The EC Software Directive and Its Progeny 6. The Interoperability Debate in Japan 7. The Next Frontiers 8. Conclusion