From The Seattle Times:

“The biggest consequence of the decision is that small companies and developers can feel free to build software that’s compatible with their bigger competitors, without fear that they will be sued for copyright infringement,” said Charles Duan, a former computer scientist and patent lawyer who works at R Street, a pro-business think tank.

In practice, start-ups have been doing this for years, but the potential copyright issue has added a measure of risk. “The main effect of the decision is to lift the copyright cloud,” Duan said.

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