Topic: copyright

Analysis: APIs under attack in Oracle v. Google

It’s been two years exactly since the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that Google was infringing on Oracle copyrights by implementing Java APIs in Android. Those APIs were replicated in the Apache Harmony project, and then used inside Android. Oracle originally sued Google over the use of these APIs eight months after the company … continue reading

Oracle files copyright complaint against new versions of Android

Oracle hasn’t stopped swinging in its longstanding bout with Google over Java API copyrights in the Android operating system. The company filed another complaint on Wednesday in a San Francisco District Court to broaden its case against Google, claiming the six latest versions of Android—Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop—released since … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Copyright is enough for software

I have, for some truly inexplicable reason, spent a lot of time in the company of IP lawyers in the past month. This includes software industry folks, professors, and even a general counsel for the MPAA. I am not a lawyer, I don’t often wear suits, and I was thrown out of a few colleges … continue reading

Supreme Court refusal not the end for Google v. Oracle

The United States Supreme Court is not getting involved in the lawsuit between Oracle and Google. The case, in which Oracle accuses Google of infringing its copyright over Java APIs, will now return to lower courts, as both sides will most likely continue appealing the case. The tangled knot of decisions and accusations left even … continue reading

‘Silicon Valley’ Season 2, Episode 9: Intellectual property value

Only on “Silicon Valley” would an intellectual property case hinge on lawyers figuring out that when Richard is talking about his “girlfriend” in e-mails, he’s referring to his laptop. In a conveniently timed twist, Richard—who’s always maintained he never worked on Pied Piper at Hooli—realizes that for a three-day period while his “girlfriend” was in … continue reading

White House sides with Oracle in API copyright case

Last year’s appeals court ruling that could—in the opinion of groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation—break software is now supported by the White House. Earlier this year the Supreme Court requested the Obama administration weigh in on the 2014 appeals court decision finding that Google infringed on Oracle copyrights in the use of Java APIs … continue reading

Electronic Frontier Foundation: APIs can’t be copyrighted

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has legally weighed in on the ongoing software copyright dispute between Google and Oracle, and its message is clear: APIs cannot be copyrighted. The nonprofit digital rights organization has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, signed by 77 computer scientists and legal experts, arguing that the latest appellate court … continue reading

SD Times news digest: October 9, 2014—Code.org’s crowdfunding campaign, the WEST mentorship program and ARM’s IoT operating system

Code.org’s crowdfunding campaign  Code.org wants to teach 100 million students worldwide how to code. The organization’s launched a 60 day initiative yesterday to raise US$5 million. The money would go to training 100 million students and 10,000 new teachers computer science, and every dollar will be matched. Microsoft, Google, Salesforce.com, Omidyar Network, Quadrivium Foundation, Bill … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Judge finds Oracle entitled to copyright protection for Java APIs

Google takes a big blow as a superior court reverses the findings of a lower one … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Google, Oracle and Java legal soup

Oracle’s copyright battle is understandable, but the company is making the wrong move regarding open source … continue reading

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