• European Court Rules on User Interface Copyright
  • January 21, 2011 | Author: Erik Vollebregt
  • Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Amsterdam Office
  • In late December of 2010, the European Court rendered a judgment that is important for companies in the software industry that produce software featuring a (graphic) user interface (GUI). The case concerned a dispute between the Czech subsidiary of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Czech authorities about collective rights administration for software copyrights under the EU directive for the legal protection of computer programs, which defines the scope for copyright on computer programs in the EU.