Crack and copy

2019-03-08 07:06:02

A landmark ruling in the British High Court could make it difficult for software companies to prevent their rivals copying the tricks that make their programs work. Copying the code of a program breaches copyright, but many software companies also encrypt their code so that rival programmers can’t easily discover how it works and then write a subtly different program that does much the same job. However, in a dispute over software used in vending machines,