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[4]: Comment by shmerl
by TechGeek on Fri 1st Jun 2012 02:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
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The fragmentation of Java and issue of incompatible implementation are valid critiques of Android. But what does it have to do with the idea that APIs shouldn't be copyrightable? Both are right.

According to Oracle's own engineers, Android is not derived from Java. Therefore there can be no fragmentation.

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