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Android Oracle API dispute rumbles on

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington

I hesitate to flag this one – nothing makes the heart sink faster than another almost unintelligible convoluted turn in a protracted legal dispute – but Reuters reports that the legal battle between Oracle and Android is rumbling on…

At the heart of the issue is whether APIs can be copyrighted, preventing third parties from duplicating them, and it seems “a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday closely questioned Google’s claim that Oracle does not enjoy copyright protection over certain parts of the Java programming language.”

Dan Levine of Reuters writes:

At the hearing on Wednesday, Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O’Malley questioned whether Alsup’s ruling meant Google could similarly use APIs from companies like Apple or Microsoft.

“This would apply to every possible computer program out there,” O’Malley said.

Googles response, apparently, is that it hasn’t copied any actual source code, and has instead created “fifteen million lines of Android source code were original,” said Google attorney Robert Van Nest.

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Me? I’ll get back to Jarndyce versus Jarnedyce

Tags: API, Oracle

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