Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd May 2012 22:32 UTC, submitted by PLan
Legal "The European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that application programming interfaces and other functional characteristics of computer software are not eligible for copyright protection. Users have the right to examine computer software in order to clone its functionality - and vendors cannot override these user rights with a license agreement, the court said." Bravo. A landmark ruling, for sure. If the US courts decide in favour of Oracle in the Google-Oracle case, Europe would instantly become an even friendlier place for technology companies.
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EU is doing many things wrong but austerity, and keeping patents and copyright at bay aren't one of them. If anything, I wish it pushed harder.

Copyright reaches way too far and lasts too long. Anything relaxing the restrictions is good, even if it happens to turn GPL into LGPL.

BTW, if you're one of these economy students - please change the school. It is like a medical school teaching that defibrillator solves all the health problems.

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dylansmrjones Member since:

It doesn't turn GPL into LGPL.

You obviously cannot grasp the difference between an abstract representation and the actual implementation.

*long stuff removed*

Read what Galvanash wrote, you carrot!

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Slambert666 Member since:

Read what Galvanash wrote, you carrot!

Galvanash is misrepresenting the case, he basically says that the GPL never covered dynamic linking, and that is a radically different interpretation than for example the FSF has.

i.e. the problem in a nutshell:
1. if you cannot copyright the API, can you then copyright the files that express that API? and only that API? (ie. the header files).

2. If you cannot copyright either, then can I include only the header files from a GPL covered library in my non GPL (say BSD or proprietary licensed) project?

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MollyC Member since:

If implementing austerity during a recession or during a recovery from a recession is so great, why have multiple European governments collapsed due to it (I think Thom's own Holland is an example), why is Europe in doule dip recession (the US is not), and why are national debts actually increasing (for example, see the UK, where Cameron's austerity has led to an increase in national debt due to low tax revenue resulting from the double dip recession that austerity brought on).

Another question: Why are so many European countries simply doing whatever Germany tells them to do? Germany demands austerity, so the other countries do it. Who appointed Germany as economic steward of the EU?

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ephracis Member since:

I guess the EMU did that. But yeah, Germany should shut up and stop being so afraid of a little inflation risk. Damn, we need a real firewall.

Besides, we outside the EMU are a bit more safe. My country, Sweden, has managed to keep afloat pretty good during these hard times. You forget that Europe is a whole bunch of countries, some working together, some not, some with a common currency, some not, and so on. We're all different.

Back on topic: yeah!

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ndrw Member since:

Nah.. I was already replying to you, when I realized it simply doesn't make sense. You're obviously set in your opinions, and so am I. Everyone else: sorry for the off-topic.

So, just quickly reasserting my opinions:
- Austerity is a necessary evil (we shouldn't have inflated the economy in the first place).
- Austerity is still better that further inflating the credit bubble.
- I don't mind good ideas regardless of their origin (here: Germany).
- You're living in Greece in 2004, watching Olympic Games and thinking how this massive expenditure is going to push the country forward.

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