No. 762, Dockets 91-7893, 91-7935.

982 F.2d 693 (1992)

COMPUTER ASSOCIATES INTERNATIONAL, INC., Plaintiff-Appellant-Cross-Appellee, v. ALTAI, INC., Defendant-Appellee-Cross-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Decided June 22, 1992.

Amended Opinion December 17, 1992.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Stephen D. Kahn, New York City (Stuart D. Levi, Beth K. Neelman, Carol A. Motyka, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Michael A. McElroy, Computer Associates Intern., Inc., of counsel), for plaintiff-appellant, cross-appellee.

Susan G. Braden, Washington, DC (Christ M. Kacoyannakis, Anderson Kill Olick & Oshinshy, Washington, DC, Stephen D. Susman, Susman Godfrey, Houston, TX, of counsel), for defendant-appellee, cross-appellant.

Bruce A. Lehman, Swidler & Berlin, Washington, DC, filed a brief amicus curiae, on behalf of The Software Publishers Ass'n.

Peter M.C. Choy, Mountain View, CA, filed a brief amicus curiae, on behalf of the American Committee for Interoperable Systems.

J. David Cabello, Houston, TX, David R. Bradford, Provo, UT, Robert H. Kohn, Scotts Valley, CA, filed a brief amici curiae, on behalf of Compaq Computer Corp., Novell, Inc., and Borland Intern., Inc.

Before ALTIMARI, MAHONEY and WALKER, Circuit Judges.

WALKER, Circuit Judge:

In recent years, the growth of computer science has spawned a number of challenging legal questions, particularly in the field of copyright law. As scientific knowledge advances, courts endeavor to keep pace, and sometimes — as in the area of computer technology — they are required to venture into less than familiar waters. This is not a new development, though. "From its beginning, the law of copyright has developed in response...

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