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Internet of Things, Interoperability and Interfaces: a Copyright Law Perspective

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Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Jusletter IT. Die Zeitschrift für IT und Recht
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Law

Web Repozitář MU
Keywords interoperability; software; copyright; decompilation; reverse engineering
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Description The interoperability of the elements involved in IoT is the factual conditio sine qua non. Practically, the interoperability is ensured via various interfaces. If the specification of an interface is not readily available, it might be under certain strict conditions obtained by reverse engineering. The current EU copyright law however lays down strict prerequisites on the reverse engineering without authorization of the rightholder. In the EU copyright law context, the copyright protection for interfaces is discussed (section 2). Next, the current regulation in computer program directive of reverse engineering of interfaces is presented (section 3). Finally, this regulation is critically evaluated and recommendations how to improve the current situation are offered (section 4). The last part (section 5) concludes.
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