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The Federal Appeals Court In The Oracle-Google Case Reverses A Lower Court And Potentially Throws The Modern Internet Into Confusion

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The federal appeals court that handles U.S. intellectual property cases ruled that APIs can be copyrighted, a finding that may have significant consequences for cloud computing, software interoperability and innovation in general.

The decision came as part of a ruling in Oracle’s favor in its appeal against Google over the use of Java APIs in Android. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today overturned an earlier ruling in the Oracle-Google fight over whether or not software application programming interfaces, or APIs, are subject to copyright. (See the full text of the court ruling below.)

Judge William Alsup ruled in Google’s favor in 2012, stating that APIs were purely functional, and thus not creative works deserving of copyright protection. The jury had previously deadlocked on whether Google’s use of the Java APIs was covered by the “fair use” exception to copyright law, a critical question in the case that was mooted by the judge’s ruling on copyrightability.

Oracle originally sued Google for patent infringement and copyright violation for using the Java programming language in its Android mobile operating system. The jury in the case found no patent infringement, but said that Google had copied the Java code from 37 APIs as well as nine lines of code from a specific routine in the operating system called “rangeCheck.”

Google counterargued that computer code, like concepts in written language, were subject to fair use in terms of the specific structure, sequence and organization of that code. Original post at readwrite

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