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Oracle’s Java API code protected by copyright, appeals court rules (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica is reporting that the appeals court has overturned US District Judge William Alsup's ruling that the Java API was not copyrightable. "'Because we conclude that the declaring code and the structure, sequence, and organization of the API packages are entitled to copyright protection, we reverse the district court’s copyrightability determination with instructions to reinstate the jury’s infringement finding as to the 37 Java packages,' the US Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit ruled [PDF] Friday."

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Kuhn: Federal Appeals Court Decision in Oracle v. Google

At his blog, Bradley Kuhn offers a take on the recent Oracle v. Google decision, specifically looking at how the original case and subsequent appeals have taken on the nuances of APIs. "The original jury, to start with, likely had trouble distinguishing three distinct things: the general concept of an API, the specification of the API, and the implementation of an API. Plus, they were told by the judge to assume API's were copyrightable anyway. Then, it got more confusing when they looked at two implementations of an API, parts of which looked similar for purely mundane technical reasons, and assumed (incorrectly) that textual copying from one file to another was the only way to get to that same result. Meanwhile, the jury was likely further confused that Google argued various affirmative defenses against copyright infringement in the alternative."

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Garrett: Oracle continue to circumvent EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL()

Matthew Garrett takes Oracle to task for using shim functions to gain access to GPL-only kernel functions in its GPL-incompatible DTrace module. "Of course, as copyright holders of DTrace, Oracle could solve the problem by dual-licensing DTrace under the GPL as well as the CDDL. The fact that they haven't implies that they think there's enough value in keeping it under an incompatible license to risk losing a copyright infringement suit. This might be just the kind of recklessness that Oracle accused Google of back in their last case."

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Firefox gets closed-source DRM

Andreas Gal describes why and how Mozilla will be implementing the W3C Encrypted Media Extension in Firefox. "Firefox should help users get access to the content they want to enjoy, even if Mozilla philosophically opposes the restrictions certain content owners attach to their content. As a result we have decided to implement the W3C EME specification in our products, starting with Firefox for Desktop. This is a difficult and uncomfortable step for us given our vision of a completely open Web, but it also gives us the opportunity to actually shape the DRM space and be an advocate for our users and their rights in this debate." This implementation will include a closed-source "content decryption module" supplied by Adobe. It will be interesting to see whether distributions will be able to strip this stuff out and still use the "Firefox" name.

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Calls for Presentations

Call for Papers - PostgreSQL Conference Europe 2014

PostgreSQL Conference Europe 2014 will be held on October 21-24 in Madrid, Spain. The call for papers deadline is July 21.

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CFP Deadlines: May 15, 2014 to July 14, 2014

The following listing of CFP deadlines is taken from the LWN.net CFP Calendar.

DeadlineEvent Dates EventLocation
May 18 September 6
September 12
Akademy 2014 Brno, Czech Republic
May 19 September 5 The OCaml Users and Developers Workshop Gothenburg, Sweden
May 23 August 23
August 24
Free and Open Source Software Conference St. Augustin (near Bonn), Germany
May 30 September 17
September 19
PostgresOpen 2014 Chicago, IL, USA
June 6 September 22
September 23
Open Source Backup Conference Köln, Germany
June 6 June 10
June 12
Ubuntu Online Summit 06-2014 online, online
June 20 August 18
August 19
Linux Security Summit 2014 Chicago, IL, USA
June 30 November 18
November 20
Open Source Monitoring Conference Nuremberg, Germany
July 1 September 5
September 7
BalCCon 2k14 Novi Sad, Serbia
July 4 October 31
November 2
Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit Gothenburg, Sweden
July 5 November 7
November 9
Jesień Linuksowa Szczyrk, Poland
July 7 August 23
August 31
Debian Conference 2014 Portland, OR, USA
July 11 October 13
October 15
CloudOpen Europe Düsseldorf, Germany
July 11 October 13
October 15
Embedded Linux Conference Europe Düsseldorf, Germany
July 11 October 13
October 15
LinuxCon Europe Düsseldorf, Germany
July 11 October 15
October 17
Linux Plumbers Conference Düsseldorf, Germany

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May 15
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ScilabTEC 2014 Paris, France
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PGCon 2014 Ottawa, Canada
May 20
May 21
PyCon Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
May 20
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LinuxCon Japan Tokyo, Japan
May 21
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PyCon Italia Florence, Italy
May 24 MojoConf 2014 Oslo, Norway
May 24
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June 9
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Erlang User Conference 2014 Stockholm, Sweden
June 9
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DockerCon San Francisco, CA, USA
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Distro Recipes 2014 - canceled Paris, France
June 10
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Ubuntu Online Summit 06-2014 online, online
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Texas Linux Fest 2014 Austin, TX, USA
June 13
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State of the Map EU 2014 Karlsruhe, Germany
June 13
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June 17
June 20
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June 19
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USENIX Annual Technical Conference Philadelphia, PA, USA
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June 23
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July 1
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Automotive Linux Summit Tokyo, Japan
July 5
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Tails HackFest 2014 Paris, France
July 5
July 11
Libre Software Meeting Montpellier, France
July 6
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