Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd May 2012 22:32 UTC, submitted by PLan
Legal "The European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that application programming interfaces and other functional characteristics of computer software are not eligible for copyright protection. Users have the right to examine computer software in order to clone its functionality - and vendors cannot override these user rights with a license agreement, the court said." Bravo. A landmark ruling, for sure. If the US courts decide in favour of Oracle in the Google-Oracle case, Europe would instantly become an even friendlier place for technology companies.
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NOT APIs
by JAlexoid on Wed 2nd May 2012 23:28 UTC
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The fact is that they haven't said anything about APIs in code form.

It is only through the choice, sequence and combination of those words, figures or mathematical concepts that the author may express his creativity in an original manner and achieve a result, namely the user manual for the computer program, which is an intellectual creation (see, to that effect, Infopaq International, paragraph 45).


Point 67 of the ruling.
( http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=1223... )


It's essentially equivalent to "Structure, Sequence and Organization" argument in Oracle vs Google.

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