There has been a lingering, divisive question in the software industry as to whether application programming interfaces (APIs) are entitled to copyright subject matter protection. Critics argue that this type of source code...more
In This Issue:
- Jerked Around? Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms Into Federal Law?
- Which Way Is Aereo Pointing? The Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Public Performance Copyright Case
W3C Reaches Milestone: “Do Not Track” Specification Set -
The road to establish an industry standard for Do Not Track has been long and winding.
Last year, efforts at consensus stalled, grinding the work of the...more
The basic question “are APIs eligible for copyright protection?” has consumed much analysis (and legal fees) during the lawsuit between Oracle and Google, which started in 2010.
The basic premise of Oracle’s complaint...more
On 31 May 2012, U.S. District Judge William Alsup delivered a detailed judgement upholding the principle that APIs are not protected by copyright in the Oracle v Google case. Oracle filed an appeal to the ruling in October...more
In the long-running litigation (and hey, is there any litigation that isn’t “long-running”?) between Oracle and Google, a US court decided in 2012 that APIs in this case were not eligible for copyright protection. This meant...more
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