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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With C++ template libraries, the API and source code are one and the same. If the API can't be copyrighted, then C++ template libs can't be copyrighted.

You're confusing various things here. First of all source code does not equal API. Secondly, the source code is still copyrightable even if the API isn't.

(Which means that all GPL template libraries are now public domain, and can be used without honoring GPL rules.)

See above.

Edited 2012-06-01 00:19 UTC

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