As such systems are upgraded, they must comply with the latest certification requirements, which include in-depth analysis such as Object Code
consists of "the pure instructional data that is created to run directly on a computer's processor." (59) It is often referred to as assembly code.
Reverse engineering is the process of transforming a computer program from its object code
form into a form intelligible by humans so that engineers can study its underlying elements.
And each time a new type of interaction is developed, the object code
developed can then be used in other applications.
The question then arises as to how to make sure that the object code
is really a nontampered output of a correct compiler.
Once you have acquired a customer diskette of the suspect program, your technician can print out the object code
. A number of law review articles have suggested that the code is useless in source-code litigation because programmers can't read it.
Despite the obviously technical nature of computer programs, copyright law now protects software as a form of literary work.(16) This decision in large part is due to a detailed study made for Congress by the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works (CONTU), which proposed copyright as a solution to the many problems of protecting software.(17) Copyright protection has been upheld for all different forms of software,(18) regardless of how they are stored(19) or whether they are written in object code
or source code.(20) Computer programs do bear a number of similarities to more traditional literary works: they are written, they are easily duplicated,(21) and they are the product of creative, intellectual labor.
For example, when developing the object code
listing, start by identifying major object code
categories and then work to define detail to the extent necessary.
Security and encryption modules are also supplied with 100 percent source and object code
coverage testing and full MC-DC analysis to deliver the highest level of reliability.
The court, however, wasn't buying SAS's argument that WPL copied its manuals and components, and ruled that EU law issues copyright protection to the source code and object code
of computer programs, but not for the ideas or principles beneath the software.
It doesn't give you a list of every executed instruction, but by using your object code
software tools you can reconstruct what occurred between the samples."