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Joshua Bloch
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Just in case anyone reads my (meager) G+ stream and does not follow me on Twitter, here are a few pictures that Tim and I took at yesterday's Elvis Costello and The Imposters / Steely Dan show at Shoreline Amphitheatre. The show was great! Cameras were not permitted, but cellphones and binoculars were. These pictures were taken by holding a cellphone up to a pair of Canon 10x30 IS binoculars. It was a bit awkward, but I'm pleased with the results.
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A picture is worth a 1000 words, so here's a picture of some of the many books written by signatories of the EFF amicus brief on the uncopyrightability of APIs:
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I too was pleased to be a signatory of this brief. Thanks for putting together the list of G+ accounts, Jeff.

If you're interested in this topic, you make want to take a look at a recent OOPSLA presentation that I gave on the history of the API: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B941PmRjYRpnbWVTajRzaUVCelk/view
I was very pleased to be one of 77 computer scientists that signed this amici curiae brief that the +Electronic Frontier Foundation filed with the Supreme Court, arguing that APIs should not be copyrightable.

(Plus one if you agree with this sentiment!)

The list of signatories starts on p. 38 of the PDF linked to by the page below (direct access to the PDF, if you prefer, is via https://www.eff.org/document/amicus-brief-computer-scientists-scotus).

Signatories include (those for whom I could easily find a G+ account)
+vint cerf +Joshua Bloch +Dan Boneh +Eric Brewer +Rick Cattell +Will Cook +Ward Cunningham +Mark Davis +Jeff Dean (me) +Brendan Eich +Dave Farber +Stuart Feldman +Ed Felten +Martin Fowler +Miguel de Icaza +John Hennessy +Mitch Kapor +Ray Kurzweil +Ed Lazowska +Doug Lea +Barbara Liskov +martin odersky +Peter Norvig +Simon Phipps +Bill Pugh +Guido van Rossum +Bruce Schneier +Curtis Schroeder  +Barbara Simons +Dave Snigier +Alfred Spector +Bjarne Stroustrup +Brad Templeton +Michael Tiemann +Andrew Tridgell +Josh Triplett +Jeffrey Ullman +Jan Vitek +Jim Waldo +Dan Wallach +Frank Yellin 

I signed in a personal capacity, but for full disclosure: the brief relates to a lower court decision in a case of Google v. Oracle, and I am a Google employee.  However, even if I weren't a Google employee, I would have signed on to this brief, as I think copyrighting APIs would be very harmful for innovation. 
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