Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th May 2012 18:04 UTC
Legal "If Judge William Alsup rules that APIs are subject to copyrights, he would overturn common wisdom in programming circles, potentially exposing many companies and developers who have built software platforms that openly mimic existing APIs. But that's not all. Such a ruling could shake things up for many other companies across the programming world and beyond." The fact we even have to worry about this speaks volumes about the state of the industry.
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Comment by marcp
by marcp on Tue 15th May 2012 18:16 UTC
marcp
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2007-11-23

"API is copyrighted!" - says judge

"Copyright my ass!" - says reason.

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RE: Comment by marcp - reason?
by jabbotts on Tue 15th May 2012 18:22 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

When has such a thing had anything to do with law?

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Spiron Member since:
2011-03-08

since somebody can sue for 1 mil+ for somebody else trying to make their software work

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RE: Comment by marcp
by Modafinil on Wed 16th May 2012 00:33 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
Modafinil Member since:
2012-04-28

"So even though we found that C++ was unsuitable, we designed Java as closely to C++ as possible in order to make the system more comprehensible."

http://java.sun.com/docs/overviews/java/java-overview-1.html

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by Geekius Maximus on Wed 16th May 2012 00:49 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
Geekius Maximus Member since:
2008-02-28

In that case, since Java ripped off syntax structure of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup can sue Oracle.
And then again, Tom Kenson can sue Bjarne Stroustrup, since C++ is, well, 'a better C'.

Eventually, machine will sue human! Bwahahaha ;)

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