After a lengthy appeal, the Oracle v. Google trial on various Java APIs is headed back to the district court for a new trial. The federal appeals court in this case sided with Oracle, agreeing that the structure, sequence, and organization of the 37 Java APIs in question constituted copyrightable material.
While I still disagree with this on a fundamental level (I’d argue Oracle is merely using copyright as a false shield – it really wants to protect functionality, not form, which copyright does not protect), the
9th Circuit’s Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decision falls in line with the court’s reputation as being one of the strongest on intellectual property protection.
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Federal Appeals Court Overturns Oracle v. Google Java API Copyright Decision, Meaning A New Trial On Fair Use And Damages was written by the awesome team at Android Police.