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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EU is doing many things wrong but austerity, and keeping patents and copyright at bay aren't one of them. If anything, I wish it pushed harder.

Copyright reaches way too far and lasts too long. Anything relaxing the restrictions is good, even if it happens to turn GPL into LGPL.

BTW, if you're one of these economy students - please change the school. It is like a medical school teaching that defibrillator solves all the health problems.

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