Microsoft Files Its Support For Oracle Against Google In Java API Court Case

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targetgoogleFew days back, Microsoft along with EMC and NetApp has filed a petition in support for Oracle to US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Oracle lost the case against Google involving usage of Java APIs with out any licensing agreements.

Microsoft’s main arguments are as follows,

  • PLATFORM WAS NOT COPYRIGHTABLE AT ALL WAS FLAWED AS A MATTER OF COPYRIGHT LAW AND POLICY, AND WOULD DESTABILIZE THE SOFTWARE INDUSTRY
  • COPYRIGHT LAW ACCOUNTS FOR THE FREEDOM TO INNOVATE WITH FOLLOW ON CREATIONS THROUGH DOCTRINES THAT ARE MORE EFFECTIVE AND OR NOTHING APPROACH TO THE COPYRIGHTABILITY OF SOFTWARE PLATFORMS
Microsoft is concerned that this ruling will affect other software related copyrights cases in the future and has now shown its support.
Read the full filing here.

via: Ars



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  • Sunny

    You know, when I first saw the ruling I was like go Google, but then on second thought, I am like this is going to encourage stealing code. This is actually very very bad. I am glad Microsoft is supporting this and other should too. We talk about how a damn design of a phone can be patented (something with less than a year of shelf life), but lines of code are the real deal if they do something very specific and quantifiable.

    • http://profiles.google.com/wdmsagefire Robert Potter

      Except there is nothing in this that suggests stolen code. The point of contention is the API surface and honestly I think it’s a bad precedent to allow that to be copyrighted