Object code is
|| the binary language comprised of zeros and ones through which the computer directly receives its instructions.
Object code is not human-readable and for a lengthy program, the object code is so long and complex that it would take a skilled programmer months (and perhaps years) to understand how the program works and to extract any underlying ideas or algorithms. This difficulty enables software developers to distributed their programs to the public with confidence that any trade secrets contained in the object code will not be able to be extracted without an enormous investment of time and highly skilled manpower.
- ↑ CONTU Final Report 54 n.109 (1978).
- ↑ Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, Glossary, at 12.
- ↑ U.S. Export Administration Regulations, Part 772 (15 C.F.R. §772.1).
- ↑ Defense Acquisition University, Glossary, at B-124 (13th ed. Nov. 2009) (full-text).
- ↑ Computer Associates Int'l, Inc. v. Altai, Inc., 982 F.2d 693, 698 (2d Cir. 1992) (full-text).
- ↑ Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Reimerdes, 111 F.Supp.2d 294, 306 n.18 (S.D.N.Y. 2000) (full-text) (footnotes omitted).
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