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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Party day!
by acobar on Thu 31st May 2012 23:18 UTC
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Going out to have beers, even if they are not free!!

And here my favorite excerpt of the ruling (taken from a comment on arstechnica):

So long as the specific code used to implement a method is different, anyone is free under the Copyright Act to write his or her own code to carry out exactly the same function or specification of any methods used in the Java API. It does not matter that the declaration or method header lines are identical. Under the rules of Java, they must be identical to declare a method specifying the same functionality — even when the implementation is different. When there is only one way to express an idea or function, then everyone is free to do so and no one can monopolize that expression. And, while the Android method and class names could have been different from the names of their counterparts in Java and still have worked, copyright protection never extends to names or short phrases as a matter of law.

Hope it extends far beyond java.

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RE: Party day!
by lfeagan on Fri 1st Jun 2012 03:32 in reply to "Party day!"
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Indeed let us hope that the sanity of this ruling extends further. Some of the stupid short phrases that are being granted trade mark protection (Paris Hilton suing Hallmark cards over "that's hot") makes it hard to imagine how any media gets out the door to the public without paying for dozens of short, trite trademarked utterances.


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RE[2]: Party day!
by adkilla on Fri 1st Jun 2012 10:15 in reply to "RE: Party day!"
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What was utterly stupid is that she won!

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