What does "microcode" mean? Is it protected by copyright?
The microcode expresses what a microprocessor does when carrying out certain instructions. In order to be processed by the microprocessor, the instructions are expressed by means of a machine code. The machine code does not have a natural meaning, but a numerical expression, which the microprocessor can read. The protection, by copyright, of this expression of a computer program is a controversial issue because of the difficulty of proving its elements of originality. The concrete specific features of each case involving the protection of microcode by copyright determined different rulings of Courts in international practice. Hope that helps.
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