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5 Alb. L.J. Sci. & Tech. 291 (1994-1996)
Reverse Engineering of Copyrighted Software: Fair Use or Misuse

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REVERSE ENGINEERING OF
COPYRIGHTED SOFTWARE: FAIR USE
OR MISUSE?
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.  Introduction  .....................................  291
II. The Process of Reverse Engineering ............... 294
III.  The  Fair  Use  Defense  ............................  297
A. The Sega v. Accolade Decision ................ 298
1.   The Purpose and Character of the Use ... 300
2.   The Effect on the Potential Market ...... 302
3.   The Nature of the Copyrighted Work .... 303
4.   The Extent of Work Copied ............. 304
B. The Atari v. Nintendo Decision ............... 304
IV. Confusion Remaining After Sega and Atari: Weak-
nesses in  the  Fair Use  Analysis ....................  308
A. Substantial Similarity: An Independent Cause of
A ction  ................ ......................  309
B. The Effect of the Commercial Presumption .... 310
V. The Copyright Misuse Defense .................... 312
A. Historical Foundations: Patent Misuse ......... 313
B. Extension to Copyright Misuse ............... 315
C. Copyright Misuse in Reverse Engineering Cases   316
V I.  C onclusion  ......................................  319
I. INTRODUCTION
In the world of computer software, compatibility is essential. It
opens the world up to an increased number of users and expands
the possible applications of the software. When this compatibility

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