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[4]: NOT APIs
by galvanash on Thu 3rd May 2012 04:04 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: NOT APIs"
galvanash
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Indeed. I have always wondered how that was enforceable.


It depends. This is an admittedly grey area where different people have different opinions...

If you write a proprietary program that uses a GPL library and you distribute that library with your program you are definitely violating the GPL. However, even if you do NOT distribute the library, you are on very shaky ground unless there is a known, available version of the library with the same interface that is not GPL'd.

In effect the existence of a BSD, public domain, or LGPL version of the library insulates you from the GPL - as long as you do not distribute the version of the library covered by the GPL.

That's how I understand it at least.

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