Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th May 2012 20:09 UTC
Legal There's some movement in the Oracle-Google lawsuit today, but it's rather difficult to determine just what kind of movement. The jury was told by the judge Alsup to assume APIs are copyrightable - something Alsup still has to determine later during trial - and with that in mind, the judge ruled Google violated Oracle's copyright on Java. However, the jury did not come to an agreement on a rather crucial question: whether or not it was fair use. All in all, a rather meaningless verdict at this point, since it's incomplete. Also, what kind of nonsense is it for a judge to tell a jury to assume something is illegal? Am I the only one who thinks that's just complete insanity?
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by Lazarus on Tue 8th May 2012 00:11 UTC
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Although I have little regard for the American legal system, I do not see the whole APIs being copyrightable thing getting through this trial, let alone all the way through to the supreme court.

However, if I am wrong that even if this turns out to be the case, it is going to come back to bite Oracle hard in the ass.

How many 3rd party API do they use in their software? How many of the APIs in Solaris or their DBs were created by or properly owed/licensed by them?

Much like oracles of old, this company seems to be full of fume huffing fools who have no particular insight into the future.

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