McKool Smith has submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc. on behalf Arthur R. Miller, the world-renowned professor at NYU School of Law.

Professor Miller’s longstanding research on and participation in debates regarding copyrightability of software make him an essential voice in the underlying dispute. Of particular relevance, President Gerald Ford appointed him to the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works (“CONTU”), where he served on the Software Subcommittee. The work of CONTU led to debates and negotiations that resulted in the Computer Software Copyright Act of 1980.

In the amicus brief, Professor Miller offers a powerful defense of CONTU, which issued a final report in 1978 recommending “to make it explicit that computer programs, to the extent that they embody an author’s original creation, are proper subject matter of copyright.”

Professor Miller is represented by McKool Smith Principal Ted Stevenson and Associate Patrick Pijls.

Read the entire brief here.


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