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High court upholds reversal

The Supreme Court has upheld a reversal by the U.S. Appeals Court of an earlier ruling that said Borland International infringed on Lotus Development Corporation's Lotus 1-2-3 copyrights.

The Supreme Court has ruled 4 to 4 in upholding an earlier decision by the U.S. Appeals Court that Borland International did not infringe on copyrights held by Lotus Development Corporation in developing a competing product.

The U.S. Appeals Court reversed a previous decision that held that Borland had encroached on Lotus's copyrights. Lotus sought damages of $100 million in the case.

In a prepared statement, Lotus officials said, "We are clearly disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court's 4 to 4 affirmation of the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Lotus vs. Borland. It is disappointing that the Supreme Court did not provide more guidance to the industry on these critical copyright issues."