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Rechtmäßige Erwerber eines Computerprogramms darf dieses auch gegen den Willen des Herstellers im Wege des Reverse Engineerings untersuchen, um Fehler zu berichtigen.

EuGH, Urteil vom 06.10.201, C‑13/20

curia.europa.eu/juris/document

@ramichaelseidlitz I've been reading this decision, as far as I can tell, this rule only applies in the absence of any contractual clauses specifically prohibiting decompilation.

I've been reading the Swedish translation, but I'm specifically looking at paragraph 31:

In the English version:

Article 5(1) of Directive 91/250 provides, however, that, where the acts referred to in Article 4(a) and (b) of that directive are necessary for the use of the computer program by the lawful purchaser thereof in accordance with its intended purpose, including for error correction, they do not require authorisation from the rightholder, except for specific contractual provisions.

Now software licenses typically do contain provisions that prohibit decompilation, so in these cases, does this ruling still apply?

@ramichaelseidlitz "Right to repair" für Software. Schade, dass darüber überhaupt diskutiert worden musste, gut, dass das hiermit festgestellt wurde.

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