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Federal Court Overturns Google V. Oracle Decision, Setting Disastrous Precedent

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    Federal court overturns Google v. Oracle decision, setting disastrous precedent | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Russell Brandom - May 9, 2014

    -- Today, a federal court ruled that Google must pay Oracle for its use of the Java API in Android, setting a broad precedent that already has many legal scholars crying foul. If the ruling stands, it will give software companies copyright over their APIs, the interfaces that programs use to communicate with each other. The new standard is good news for Oracle, which holds the rights to Java and its widely used API, but potentially disastrous for software developers that want to build on top of APIs. If the APIs are no longer free to use, new services may be forced to start from scratch, making it astronomically more difficult to coordinate between programs.


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    I suspect Mr. Brandom doesn't know what he's talking about. Google created their own Java-like virtual machine called Davlik as part of Android. They did this without licensing Java, and they apparently screwed up as far as the Federal Court is concerned when they created some of their interfaces so it would be similar to Java.
     
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