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[2]: Overstating the case
by saynte on Fri 1st Jun 2012 09:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Overstating the case"
saynte
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2007-12-10

No, I'm afraid not. The grandparent poster has it correct, further Judge Alsop has stated:


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,


His ruling was very narrow, specific to the Java API. I think for a judge this is a safer path, less chance for it to be overturned later I suppose.

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RE[3]: Overstating the case
by lemur2 on Fri 1st Jun 2012 10:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Overstating the case"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

His ruling was very narrow, specific to the Java API. I think for a judge this is a safer path, less chance for it to be overturned later I suppose.


Nevertheless, the ruling can be, and no doubt will be, used as precedent for similar cases in the future.

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RE[4]: Overstating the case
by vaette on Fri 1st Jun 2012 10:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Overstating the case"
vaette Member since:
2008-08-09

Yes, I think we can all as technology enthusiasts be happy about this decision. It is important to be accurate about what is actually said, but certainly it is nice to see it reaffirmed that simple or small APIs can't be copyrighted. I still have no trouble imagining APIs that believe are (or should be) copyrightable, but those are not on the level of a collection of disparate Java utility classes.

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