Federal Court makes ruling on copyright in computer programs

3 February 2012: Justice Bennett of the Federal Court of Australia has handed down her ruling in CA Inc v Independent Systems Integrators Pty Ltd regarding copyright in computer programs.  CA is an international IT software management company, whose products include software to manage large databases on mainframe computers. CA claimed that ISI Pty Ltd had infringed the source code in two of its computer programs and had also breached confidence in documents relating to the computer programs.   Justice Bennett found in favour of CA in relation to both copyright infringement and breach of confidence.  In making her decision, her Honour dealt with important issues about copyright protection for computer programs such as whether copyright can subsist in a macro.

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