Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th May 2012 18:04 UTC
Legal "If Judge William Alsup rules that APIs are subject to copyrights, he would overturn common wisdom in programming circles, potentially exposing many companies and developers who have built software platforms that openly mimic existing APIs. But that's not all. Such a ruling could shake things up for many other companies across the programming world and beyond." The fact we even have to worry about this speaks volumes about the state of the industry.
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Pretty irrelevant
by TBPrince on Tue 15th May 2012 19:06 UTC
TBPrince
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That decision would matter in US only.

EU has already stated that APIs are not copyrightable so end of the story.

Should Oracle win, many companies (expecially startups) would migrate to European Union and that would really hurt US economy (as if more hurting was needed…).

It's no coincidence if EU ruled out that APIs could be copyrighted a few days before that decision : that builds a landscape and sends a message.

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