Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th May 2014 18:36 UTC
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A San Francisco federal judge had decided that Oracle could not claim copyright protection on parts of Java, but on Friday the three-judge Federal Circuit panel reversed that ruling.

"We conclude that a set of commands to instruct a computer to carry out desired operations may contain expression that is eligible for copyright protection," Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O'Malley wrote.

This is terrible news for the technology industry and us enthusiasts.

This case should have ended with this. Everything after that is a sham.

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RE[5]: Switch to C#
by japh on Sat 10th May 2014 11:59 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Switch to C#"
japh
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Instead of philosophical arguments, I would like to hear your legal explanation of how Microsoft gets around the Apache 2.0 license that they have used for much of the .NET code. It is OSI recognized and contains an explicit patent grant.


I don't know. This is not my field of expertise and I've given it 15 minutes of thought.
What I do know is that Microsoft stands to lose billions on losing the market to Google (and not just smartphones, they risk their cash cow windows as some part of computing is moving from desktops).

With that in mind, I'm sure they'd put much smarter people than me looking for any possible way to attack Android (I'm sure those people are already hard at work...) and if they found a way to use C#/.Net without outright breaking the law, I have no doubt that they'd exploit every opportunity.

And that's not "Microsoft is evil", that's pretty much what every major company would do in that situation.

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