Did a Dutch Graduate Student Steal Michigan Software Company’s Code?

Software development largely disregards national borders. Many open source projects have contributors in different countries, even different continents. But when legal disputes arise, borders suddenly matter again, since courts need to establish their jurisdiction over the parties involved. Recently, a federal judge in Michigan decided to exercise jurisdiction over a Dutch programmer accused of misappropriating […]

Can You Copyright the Design of a USB Drive?

According to the U.S. Copyright Office, “Copyright does not protect the mechanical or utilitarian aspects of works of craftsmanship.” Copyright therefore only applies to the artistic, rather than functional, aspects of a product’s design. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed this principle in a decision reinstating a copyright infringement lawsuit involving perhaps […]