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Go Go Oracle.

Excellent article written by FOSS Patents on the current copyright issues regarding APIs and the battle between Google & Oracle being heard by judge William Alsup in the San Francisco Federal Court.

Obviously there is past case law here from Sony Inc. v. Connectix Corp., Sega v. Accolade however this doesn't necessarily prevent bizarre twists of fate and an end result of APIs, methods, object names, class names being copyrightable and interoperability hampered in the US.

Obviously that would be great for trolls and potentially a complete nightmare for the software industry in the US - you could imagine the flurry of copyrighting object / methods names ... oh this could be fun. It could also seriously harm major software players and impact open source etc.

So, why "Go Go Oracle?"

Well, I'm not based in the US, I live in the UK and despite close affiliations we are actually in competition with each other. So, if the US courts want to kill off the software industry ... by all means, go ahead. It should cause a boom in the software industry in Europe / Asia and we could do with that.

I know Obama says he doesn't want the next Google / Intel to be built outside the US - guess what, we do! Any help the US Federal court in San Francisco could provide in making this more likely would obviously be appreciated. Of course, I'm assuming UK courts wouldn't do something equally daft.
Oracle defends copyrightability of APIs -- implications go way beyond Android and Java. Oracle's patent and copyright infringement lawsuit against Google is currently -- apart from some remaining ...
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Why would you support Oracle in this one? APIs are the crux of software industry in these days. If those are thrown under the patent bus -- then it will be devastating for the whole industry. It will be time to say bye to innovation in this country.
+Abhijit Dhakne because I'm based in the UK and if the US federal courts wishes to destroy the software industry in the US then purely from a competition angle that would benefit Europe. Whilst you're at it, if the courts wish to return the US to a state of pitchforks, candles and oxen ... please feel free to do so. You should remember that currently Europe doesn't come under the jurisdiction of the US Federal Courts, so any attempts to throw yourselves under the patent bus will be localised to yourselves.
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