Copyright Issues For Software Use Or Modification

Law360, New York (November 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal appellate court recently became the first to weigh in on a narrow but increasingly relevant issue of copyright law that frequently revolves around the use or modification of software: whether an accused infringer of an unregistered copyright in software may “seek a federal declaratory judgment to clear up whether [its] actions are infringing even though the copyright holder threatens future infringement litigation.”

According to the broadly worded holding of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Stuart Weitzman LLC v. Microcomputer...
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