Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2012 21:41 UTC
Legal And thus, it ends. Despite a never-ending stream of doom and gloom from Oracle/Microsoft-funded 'pundits' regarding Google and Android (six hundred billion trillion gazillion eurodollars in damages!!1!), judge Alsup has just squashed all of Oracle's chances with a ruling that is good news for those of us who truly care about this wonderful industry: APIs are not copyrightable. Alsup: "To accept Oracle's claim would be to allow anyone to copyright one version of code to carry out a system of commands and thereby bar all others from writing their own different versions to carry out all or part of the same commands. No holding has ever endorsed such a sweeping proposition." Supreme Court, Ellison?
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RE: What about template libraries?
by kwan_e on Thu 31st May 2012 23:42 UTC in reply to "What about template libraries?"
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With C++ template libraries, the API and source code are one and the same. If the API can't be copyrighted, then C++ template libs can't be copyrighted. (Which means that all GPL template libraries are now public domain, and can be used without honoring GPL rules.)

That's not how it works.

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