Day: May 10, 2014

Oracle v Google: APIs protected by copyright; copying for compatibility not a defense to copyright infringementOracle v Google: APIs protected by copyright; copying for compatibility not a defense to copyright infringement



The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit released an important decision yesterday in the ongoing battle between Oracle and Google over copyright protection for the Java APIs Goolge used in developing Android. In Oracle America, Inc. v Google Inc. 2014 WL 1855277 (CAFC. May 9, 2014), the Court reversed the District Court on practically every legal finding made by that court and ruled that, subject to a possible fair use defense, that Google infringed Oracle’s copyright.

The case is going to be a key precedent on the scope of copyright protection for computer programs.

Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2014-05-09Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2014-05-09