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Challenge To Software Copyright Constitutionality Tossed

Law360 (January 25, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A long-time activist and newsletter publisher has lost the first round of his battle with the feds to test the constitutionality of copyright protection for software, with a judge dismissing his copyright lawsuit.

The suit, filed in December 2004 by intellectual-property consultant Greg Aharonian against Attorney-General John Ashcroft (now Alberto Gonzalez) in the Northern District of California, sought a declaration that federal copyright law cannot properly be applied to computer source code, the instructions which are ultimately carried out by a computer.

Aharonian is a computer...
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