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
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
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
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
Originally published in Chapter 17 of the State Bar of Texas - Advanced Intellectual Property Law.
II. In Which Our Hero is Dashed on the Rocky Shoals of Software Coypright
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