Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


In Sega v. Accolade, a case involving the legality of reverse engineering of computer software, the Ninth Circuit resolved copyright and trademark issues of first impression. The decision is of great significance for its legal analysis of the fair use doctrine and policies underlying the trademark law. This article provides background information useful to understanding Accolade from a technical and legal perspective. The authors conclude that the decision is consistent with the recent trend among the courts to limit the use of intellectual property laws to stifle competition.