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Android fans rejoice, Judge Alsup has ruled that API's are not copyrightable, rendering the jury's earlier infringement verdict moot. As Judge Alsup wrote, "So long as the specific code used to implement a method is different, anyone is free under the Copyright Act to write his or her own code to carry out exactly the same function or specification of any methods used in the Java API." This is a win for both Google and Open Source in general. I wonder if Oracle and Larry Ellison is feeling buyer's remorse yet. They obviously are not get the billions they were planning on extracting from this deal. What happens now? We'll have to wait until Oracle-funded pundit Florian Mueller does some verbal gymnastics to spin the news in Oracle's favor. Until then, I'll be getting the popcorn ready. Go Android! ;)
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Oracle will likely appeal, but the ruling is very tightly reasoned. I am sure we will now see an even greater emphasis on patenting APIs in the industry.
I agree, Judge Alsup made his ruling extremely specific for these Java APIs which will make it difficult to overturn. There's also more precedence since a EU court ruled along the same lines, but if Oracle wants to spend more money on legal fees more power to them. They don't really make any products I would ever use ;)
Kind of just as well. The consequence of making them copyrightable would be quite damaging to the computing world.
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