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[2]: APIs not copyrightable
by satan666 on Fri 1st Jun 2012 18:48 UTC in reply to "RE: APIs not copyrightable"
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I personally don't feel comfortable with their supposedly legally binding promises. If they revoke their promise unilaterally, who actually could challenge Microsoft for breaking the promise?

You are right to feel uncomfortable. Any normal person would. But Microsoft don't have to break their promise. Their promise covered only the ECMA part of Mono. Microsoft never promised anything regarding the non-ECMA part of Mono. And that broke Miguel's heart because he had hoped that a complete promise would help him further infect Linux with Microsoft's crap. Subsequently Miguel promised he would split Mono in two parts (ECMA and non-ECMA) for legal reasons. But he never delivered. Mono is dying slowly now. Moonlight is already dead. Novell is dead, Finally Attachmate threw Mono in the dump where it belongs.

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