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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"[cut]of course a sufficiently large, complex and creative API would be copyrightable
Of course?? In Europe, they explicit banned copyrighting APIs.
IMHO the judge is just making sure that his judgment won't be overturned in appeal by stressing that his judgement only apply to this case..

True. Remember also that, regardless of the judge stressing that his judgement only applies to this case, the way that the legal system works is that this decision will set a precedent for all future alleged copyright cases involving use of APIs.

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