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Re: Copyright on languages

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on May 02, 2012 at 17:36 UTC ( #968494=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Copyright on languages

Just a couple of months ago, SAS made a similar attempt to enforce copyright on APIs (functions) in the European courts.

It failed! (Same link as the "The start of some sanity?" question in my sig).

We can only hope that the US courts reach a similar sensible conclusion.


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The start of some sanity?

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Re^2: Copyright on languages
by ikegami (Pope) on May 02, 2012 at 17:42 UTC

    On the plus side, Judge Alsup seems extremely competent. He's not a programmer, but he's very keen on making sure he and the jury understand what they need to know. Daily, he's instructing the lawyers about what still needs to have explained. For example, he said "It has been said that there is an elaborate series of relationships amongst the APIs. Want to learn more about how programmers use the APIs." (Again, this may not be his exact words.)

    The judge has decided he will be ruling on the Copyrightability of the API (since it's a question of law).

    Among other things, the jury will decide whether Google's use of the APIs is fair use should they be covered by Copyright. (The judge will instruct the jury that the APIs are covered by Copyright.) Noone on the jury works in IT.

Re^2: Copyright on languages (Late breaking news!)
by BrowserUk (Pope) on May 03, 2012 at 02:47 UTC

    This just in is the final nail in the coffin of the idea that "functionality (as opposed to implementation) can be copyrighted"; at least as far as Europe is concerned.

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