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Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Same old Directive, new number

Do you remember Council Directive 91/250/EEC of 14 May 1991 on the legal protection of computer programs? The Directive which requires EU members to protect computer programs as literary works and to provide for interoperability, decompilation and the making of back-up copies? Well, it is being repealed and re-enacted in consolidated form because a sufficient number of amendments have been made to it. It has now become Directive 2009/24/EC of 23 April 2009 on the legal protection of computer programs.

You can read the new version in full on the OJ website, where it was published here this morning. It comes into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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