Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Nov 2014 22:08 UTC
Legal

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a brief with the Supreme Court of the United States today, arguing on behalf of 77 computer scientists that the justices should review a disastrous appellate court decision finding that application programming interfaces (APIs) are copyrightable. That decision, handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in May, up-ended decades of settled legal precedent and industry practice.

Signatories to the brief include five Turing Award winners, four National Medal of Technology winners, and numerous fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery, IEEE, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The list also includes designers of computer systems and programming languages such as AppleScript, AWK, C++, Haskell, IBM S/360, Java, JavaScript, Lotus 1-2-3, MS-DOS, Python, Scala, SmallTalk, TCP/IP, Unix, and Wiki.

You can always count on the EFF to do the right thing.

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RE[5]: Comment by Sodki
by devloop on Sun 9th Nov 2014 18:54 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Sodki"
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RE[6]: Comment by Sodki
by Kochise on Sun 9th Nov 2014 21:23 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Sodki"
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Wonderful news. What's the next step then, Apple patenting being gay and their "back door" as an API ?

Seriously...

Kochise

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