Google has moved for summary judgment that using Java APIs is not copyright violation. Oracle has replied. Oracle is trying to persuade the court that APIs are protectable despite much legal precedent as far back as 1879:” the Supreme Court made clear that publication of a book that explains a particular accounting system gives the author no rights under the copyright laws to prevent others from using the system, as long as no protectable expression from the book is copied. Baker v. Selden, 101 U.S. 99 (1879); see also 17 U.S.C. Â§ 102(b) (“In no case does copyright protection . . . extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.”). Oracle’s Java language books and API specifications give Oracle no greater rights to prevent implementation by others of the APIs using original code.”
This will be interesting. See GROKLAW
I don’t see that Oracle has a leg to stand on. Combined with the other angle that Google has brought out, that Google has no liability for copying done by off-shore businesses and Oracle’s case seems to be shrinking quickly.
- patent claims are whittled down severely,
- remaining patent claims may not be sustained against Google for copying done by others off-shore,
- jude Alsup scolded Oracle for claiming $billions, and
- even if copyright claims are valid they are a tiny percentage of the Android/Linux system and hardly represent significant value to Oracle in terms of money.
That sound you here is the air rushing out of Oracle’s big balloon.