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 Slambert666 on Thu 3rd May 2012 04:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: NOT APIs"
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Also, I don't understand this GPL vs LGPL thing that was brought up. The difference between those two licenses rest solely on an explicit exception in the LGPL to allow linking without the license affecting the linked work. How does this decision apply to this? Neither the GPL or the LGPL have any clauses in them concerning reverse engineering or barring the other party from creating an independent implementation. Hell, reverse engineering is practically encouraged in the OSS world...


If the API itself isn't copyrightable is the "use" of the API then copyrightable?
GPL says yes it is copyrightable and this affects other works that links to it.
However if the use of the API is not copyrightable then the difference between GPL and LGPL cease to exist.
It also raises the question of when are you modifying a work and when are you using an API, it all becomes very muddy.

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