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Oracle’s legal battle to break itself off a chunk of the smartphone market by attacking Android looks dead in the water today, after a federal judge who recently finished presiding over the six-week Oracle v. Googletrial ruled that the structure of the Java APIs that Oracle was trying to assert can’t be copyrighted at all.
It’s only the code itself—not the “how-to” instructions represented by APIs—that can be the subject of a copyright claim, ruled Judge William Alsup. ”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,” wrote the judge.
It didn’t take more than 15 minutes from the time Alsup’s ruling showed up on the federal court’s e-filing system for a Google spokesperson to send out a statement on the company’s win: ”The court’s decision upholds the principle that open and interoperable computer languages form an essential basis for software development. It’s a good day for collaboration and innovation.”
(via actuallybambi)Source: Ars Technica