Definition Edit

Recompile means to disassemble or decompile a machine language program into a more understandable form.

U.S. copyright law Edit

The "recompilation‘‘ issue has arisen because efforts to translate a machine language program back into a more understandable form, such as assembly language or high-level language, may be a copyright infringement because the translation process would involve the making of an unauthorized copy or derivative work. Legal scholars are divided on the question of whether this activity can be excused under the provisions of Section 117 or Section 107 of the copyright law.[1]

References Edit

  1. OTA, Finding a Balance: Computer Software, Intellectual Property, and the Challenge of Technological Change 7 (May 1992).
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