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In a far-reaching decision for the software industry, the European Court of Justice has decided that the functionality of software as distinct from the actual code is not covered by copyright.
The court has decided that functionality, absent any viewing or copying of code, cannot be protected by copyright: to accept that the functionality of a computer program can be protected by copyright would amount to making it possible to monopolise ideas, to the detriment of technological progress and industrial development, the judgment states.
But those ideas (if original) can be protected by patent. One-click-ordering and swipe-to-unlock are patented ideas, however obvious they might be, and are (apparently) protected even if coded in a totally different manner.part of your post ;-)