Cisco Systems v. Arista and the Scenes a Faire Doctrine

The Cisco Systems v. Arista case has gotten very little attention among the information justice community who generally care about freedom to reuse unprotectable elements in copyrighted works. The case and the issues it raises deserve more visibility, as I expressed in a brief I wrote in support of Arista. Cisco charged Arista with infringement for its reuse of 509 command-line interface (CLI) terms, along with some additional elements of the Cisco user interface, which engineers use to configure their ethernet switching technologies.

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