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Oracle Vs. Google and the Right To Use APIs 155

jfruh writes "Even as an EU court rules that APIs can't be copyrighted, tech observers are waiting for the Oracle v. Google trial jury to rule on the same question under U.S. law. Blogger Brian Proffitt spoke with Groklaw's Pamela Jones on the issue, and her take is that a victory for Oracle would be bad news for developers. Essentially, Oracle is claiming that, while an individual API might not be copyrightable, the collection of APIs needed to use a language is. Such a decision would, among other things, make Java's open source nature essentially meaningless, and would have lots of implications for any programming language you can name."
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03, 2012 @08:29PM (#39885165)

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  • by gman003 ( 1693318 ) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @09:51PM (#39885769)

    What we need is a professional, full-time expert in car metaphors, who can go before the court and say "This case here is like a carburetor..."

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