Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd May 2012 22:32 UTC, submitted by PLan
Legal "The European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that application programming interfaces and other functional characteristics of computer software are not eligible for copyright protection. Users have the right to examine computer software in order to clone its functionality - and vendors cannot override these user rights with a license agreement, the court said." Bravo. A landmark ruling, for sure. If the US courts decide in favour of Oracle in the Google-Oracle case, Europe would instantly become an even friendlier place for technology companies.
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for any technology company or any company period at this point in time. The continent is generally in double-dip recession and multiple of its governments have collapsed recently, due to the continent implementing austerity measures during a recession (totally stupid, as even a first year economy student would know, but I guess political ideology ruled the day rather than sound economic theory). I don't get why Europe moved so far to the right when it comes to economics, but they're paying the price now.

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