Imitation Or Infringement?

An Apple copyright suit casts a pall over the computer industry

It began with an eleven-page complaint over the alleged violation of an arcane bit of copyright law. But by last week it was clear to the computer industry that the federal lawsuit filed by Apple Computer against Microsoft, a leading U.S. software firm, and Hewlett-Packard, a major electronics company, could be just the opening salvo in a monumental legal battle. The dispute pits two of the best-known figures in the industry against each other: John Sculley, 49, president of Apple; and Bill Gates, 32, chairman of Microsoft. It also seems calculated to derail the plans of IBM to endow its computer...

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