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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RE[5]: NOT APIs
by dylansmrjones on Thu 3rd May 2012 09:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: NOT APIs"
dylansmrjones
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Are you arguing that API's aren't copyrightable, but expressions of that API are?"


That's exactly what the court did, and I'm surprised it was even necessary. Laws in EU are quite simple and awfully clear in this regard. An API is not copyrightable, but the implementation of the API is.

Or put differently: You can create headerfiles with the same names and with the same name for methods and variables, but the code must be different, since the code (the total combination) is copyrightable.

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