Ars Technica covers the copyright battle between Google and Oracle re: whether Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) can be copyrighted.
The legal fracas started when Google copied certain elements—names, declaration, and header lines—of the Java APIs in Android, and Oracle sued. A San Francisco federal judge largely sided with Google in 2012, saying that the code in question could not be copyrighted. But the federal appeals court reversed, and ruled that the “declaring code and the structure, sequence, and organization of the API packages are entitled to copyright protection.”.
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Ars Technica: Google, Oracle Java API copyright battle lands at Supreme Court