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You know, normally, legal proceedings are intensely boring to me, but the Groklaw coverage on the Google/Oracle trial has been genuinely interesting reading.
Oracle v. Google - Day 4 Filings; Why Are APIs Hard to Develop? Friday, April 20 2012 @ 10:00 AM EDT. Day 4 produced little in the way of filings. Interestingly, Oracle did not file an updated witness...
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The slow descent of Larry Ellison into just another patent troll fills me with glee. That he swallowed up Sun (another company I roundly despised) first is schadenfreude icing.
Ellison has always been purely a business guy, so this sort of thing doesn't surprise me. I just wish Google had bought Java/Sun because the potential implications from this trial if Oracle wins are terrifying.
The implications are roughly the same as before. Sun has always been very strict on the CTK verification. If you pass that, then you can call it Java. If you don't, then you can't. As for the commentary on Day3 about the API, it's disingenuous to take a watered down statement about API's designed to be understandable to a courtroom and then assert that is what an API is.

Personally I would have said that an API is the same as a contract. You are allowed to fulfil the contract in any way you like (implementation) provided the nature of the contract is maintained. And yes, humans are bad at remembering every detail in a contract.
I've been reading Groklaw since a while now. Sometime it's pure comedy gold. I love how she's really bashing Mueller very hard.
Better than a jury of laymen who have been picked for that purpose by Oracle's lawyers doing it, IMO.
Alsup looks like a very, very smart person. So far, he seems very in favor of Google. The fact he'll decide on the copyrightability of APIs is a good news IMHO.
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