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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Fair use
by kwan_e on Thu 3rd May 2012 11:46 UTC
kwan_e
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Surely, header files should come under fair use provisions. You should be able to directly copy header files, no matter how the stuff the header file points to is copyrighted.

If nothing else, it would stop people from implementing APIs in header files...

This brings me to another idea - instead of fighting copyright, would we be better served by increasing the scope of fair use? It will either have the effect of giving people more power to cope with big business having more power; or big business will stop trying to extend copyright lest they become too fair.

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