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Having APIs themselves be worthy of copyright protection will be a scary precedent. I hope Oracle goes down in flames on this one.
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Also, I thought this was settled in law in the 80s. Between the Phoenix ROM BIOS and Compaq, it's legal to implement to a defined (or discoverable) interface. Totally different from copying a specific implementation.
 
Way back when NeXT / Apple threatend GnuSTEP with exactly that. Crippled the effort. Or so I remember hearing, can't cite anything.
 
+Ray Ryan Ahhh I get all misty eyed when I think about my NeXT Computer....loved that machine.,
 
+Mark Byrne The NeXT was a thing of beauty. We brought one into the office I worked at in the mid 1980s (some consulting project, I don't recall the details). All of us developers gathered around it to salivate.
 
I worked for a company that sold them... we didn't sell very many !!
Pity the software wasn't there but it was light years ahead of its time.
 
People don't seem to realize that a good chunk of the world is now walking around with NeXT machines in their pockets.
 
It would serve them right if they win and then were forced to pay fees to use the APIs on every platform their database runs on.

+Ray Ryan Sure, a big chunk of OSX is dervied from the NeXT OS, but they aren't using Display PostScript as a window manager any more, and they sure aren't mostly using 2-bit grayscale. IIUC, the BSD single-server underwent substantial change as well.
 
+John Tamplin Good point. They're also not a cubic foot, or coated with magnesium.
 
I still have my NeXTstation in a box in my basement. It took an $8000 personal loan from the bank to buy that 25Mhz bad boy. It was the most expensive purchase of my life up until age 30. I can't bring myself to get rid of it :-)
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