Sega Enterprises Ltd. v. Accolade, Inc. was a decision in 1992 by the
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that applied
American intellectual property law to the reverse engineering of
computer software. Issues in the case included the scope of copyright,
permissible uses for trademarks, and the scope of the fair use doctrine
for computer code. It arose after video game publisher Accolade
published several games for the Sega Genesis (pictured), disassembling
it to publish games without being licensed by Sega. The U.S. District
Court for the Northern District of California ruled in favor of Sega,
preventing Accolade from publishing any more games for the Genesis and
requiring them to recall all of their Genesis games on sale. Accolade
appealed on the grounds that their reverse engineering of the Genesis
was protected under fair use. The Ninth Circuit reversed the district
court's order and ruled that Accolade's use of reverse engineering to
publish Genesis titles was protected under fair use, and that its
alleged violation of Sega trademarks was the fault of Sega. The case is
frequently cited in matters involving reverse engineering and fair use
under copyright law.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sega_v._Accolade>
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assumed the throne of the Habsburg Monarchy in Austria.
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civilians in Kragujevac in Nazi-occupied Serbia.
Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Queen of Australia, formally
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