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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RE: java's future
by shmerl on Tue 15th May 2012 23:04 UTC in reply to "java's future"
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I general it's a bad thing for Java, since it's not a free language if its own API isn't free to use. Google could have used C++, JavaScript or whatever language free of corporate clutches. Java developers always knew there is a potential minefield of patents from Sun, but copyrightable API is just ridiculous.

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