A federal judge has ruled that a hardware manufacturer has the right under copyright laws to block a competitor from publishing the former’s numbering system on a comparison chart to show that the latter’s parts are “interchangeable.”
In her 22-page opinion in Southco Inc. v. Kanebridge Corp., Senior U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro rejected the argument that such conduct was protected under the “fair use” doctrine.
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