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API Protection Under Copyright Is Upheld by Federal Circuit

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

Federal Circuit Copyright Decision in Oracle v. Google: A Quick Read for the Busy Practitioner

In its recent opinion in Oracle v. Google, the Federal Circuit reversed the Northern District of California and reinstated a jury’s infringement verdict against Google. The opinion is long and complex, and much ink has...more

What’s in a Structure? Google Loses Bid to Have Java Interfaces Deemed Unprotectable, as Federal Circuit Reaffirms Copyright...

The intersection of copyright and patent law is of great interest to anyone who seeks to develop or use creative works that are also functional, in particular developers of software, which by its very nature is functional. In...more

"Federal Circuit Overturns Oracle v. Google and Potentially Widens Debate Over Copyright Protections"

In a landmark decision concerning the copyrightability of computer software, on May 9, 2014, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals held that Oracle, Inc. is entitled to copyright protection for 37 Java application...more

API Copyright Update: Oracle wins this round

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

Oracle v Google Update: Is refusing copyright protection to Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) the only way to achieve...

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

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