Groklaw has the news
that the judge in Oracle v. Google has ruled that the Java APIs are not copyrightable. "The overall name tree, of course, has creative elements but it is also a precise command structure — a utilitarian and functional set of symbols, each to carry out a pre-assigned function. This command structure is a system or method of operation under Section 102(b) of the Copyright Act and, therefore, cannot be copyrighted. Duplication of the command structure is necessary for interoperability.
" That pretty much makes the case a total loss for Oracle, but, of course, appeals are possible.
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