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COPYRIGHT ACT 1968 - SECT 47D

Reproducing computer programs to make interoperable products

             (1)  Subject to this Division, the copyright in a literary work that is a computer program is not infringed by the making of a reproduction or adaptation of the work if:

                     (a)  the reproduction or adaptation is made by, or on behalf of, the owner or licensee of the copy of the program (the original program ) used for making the reproduction or adaptation; and

                     (b)  the reproduction or adaptation is made for the purpose of obtaining information necessary to enable the owner or licensee, or a person acting on behalf of the owner or licensee, to make independently another program (the new program ), or an article, to connect to and be used together with, or otherwise to interoperate with, the original program or any other program; and

                     (c)  the reproduction or adaptation is made only to the extent reasonably necessary to obtain the information referred to in paragraph (b); and

                     (d)  to the extent that the new program reproduces or adapts the original program, it does so only to the extent necessary to enable the new program to connect to and be used together with, or otherwise to interoperate with, the original program or the other program; and

                     (e)  the information referred to in paragraph (b) is not readily available to the owner or licensee from another source when the reproduction or adaptation is made.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to the making of a reproduction or adaptation of a computer program from an infringing copy of the computer program.



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