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[3]: Overstating the case
by lemur2 on Fri 1st Jun 2012 10:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Overstating the case"
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His ruling was very narrow, specific to the Java API. I think for a judge this is a safer path, less chance for it to be overturned later I suppose.

Nevertheless, the ruling can be, and no doubt will be, used as precedent for similar cases in the future.

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