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[3]: Comment by shmerl
by lfeagan on Fri 1st Jun 2012 03:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
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One of the critical sleight of hands Oracle tries to put into people minds in their statement is: "a license has always been required for an implementation of the Java Specification". To be a certified implementation of the Java Specification this is true. Dalvik, however, neither purports nor seeks certification. Dalvik simply provides an API that is similar or the same (in some areas) as that of a popular system.

So Google borrowed from Java's API, big deal. So long as Google doesn't claim that they are a certified Java (R) implementation with the cutesy little logo they should be in the clear.

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