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What is at stake in Oracle v. Google

May 04, 2012, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

As the software industry waits for the jury to come back with a decision in the copyright phase of the Oracle vs. Google trial, there has been increasing focus on what it might mean if the 37 Java APIs are found to be copyrightable and were indeed infringed by Google.

Traditionally, application programming interfaces (APIs) have been presumed to be non-copyrightable, because unlike other elements of a software, which involve creativity, APIs are typically comprised of facts that enable one specific task: how does my software program talk to your software program and vice versa?

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