Over at opensource.com, Richard Fontana explains
the recent European Court of Justice (ECJ, Europe's equivalent to the US Supreme Court) ruling on the copyrightability of software. It's not at all hard to see parallels in that ruling and the current copyright questions in the Oracle v. Google
case (in fact the judge in that case has asked
the parties to answer questions about the ruling). "With respect to manuals concerning programming or scripting languages, the court said that 'the keywords, syntax, commands and combinations of commands, options, defaults and iterations consist of words, figures or mathematical concepts' which are not copyrightable expression in themselves, even where they are contained in a larger work that is copyrightable. Copyrightable expression can arise only from 'the choice, sequence and combination of those words, figures or mathematical concepts'.
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