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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Slambert666
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2008-10-30

Read what Galvanash wrote, you carrot!


Galvanash is misrepresenting the case, he basically says that the GPL never covered dynamic linking, and that is a radically different interpretation than for example the FSF has.

i.e. the problem in a nutshell:
1. if you cannot copyright the API, can you then copyright the files that express that API? and only that API? (ie. the header files).

2. If you cannot copyright either, then can I include only the header files from a GPL covered library in my non GPL (say BSD or proprietary licensed) project?

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