The Justice Department is weighing in on the hot-button intellectual property dispute between Google and Oracle, telling the Supreme Court that APIs are protected by copyright.
The Obama administration’s position means it is siding with Oracle and a federal appeals court that said application programming interfaces are subject to copyright protections. The high court in January asked for the government’s views on the closely watched case.
Words can’t describe how stupid this is, so here’s a picture of a bunny wearing a hat.
DoJ said that although headers are copyrightable code, their copying by Google is fair use. (Well, they didn’t state that it is fair use, but the language they used suggests that they think so, but don’t want to speak aloud until court decides.) This approach makes sense.