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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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by JAlexoid on Fri 1st Jun 2012 01:16 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
JAlexoid
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2009-05-19

Fortunately fragmentation is actually an essential element in the concept of free market competition, thus isn't illegal under any law.

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RE[5]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Fri 1st Jun 2012 02:10 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

"Right to fork" is good as a right, but in practice forking (or in general creating incompatible implementations) is not always a positive thing.

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RE[6]: Comment by shmerl
by kwan_e on Fri 1st Jun 2012 02:37 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by shmerl"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

"Right to fork" is good as a right, but in practice forking (or in general creating incompatible implementations) is not always a positive thing.


Depending on your point of view. From the point of view of someone/organization that wants to avoid adapting to change, or wants to maintain complete control, forking is not a good thing.

To those people, I say tough cookies.

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