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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RE: NOT APIs
by dylansmrjones on Thu 3rd May 2012 00:29 UTC in reply to "NOT APIs"
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It only means the user manual containing the API is copyrightable; the API itself is not copyrightable. Only the total combination is. Method names, variables etc. are not copyrightable. Replace the code inside the methods and you are safe.

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