What do you make of today's ruling in Google vs. Oracle?

  • 5 April 2021
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The Supreme Court ruled that in essence, you can’t copyright an API. ZDNet says this should prevent an influx of copyright troll cases, but are there any other implications that you can think of?


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Could be a win for interoperability? Theoretically could swap one vendor for another only by changing the API endpoint.



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As I understand longstanding copyright law _ the “right” pertains to _ the unique presentation of an idea.   As an API is something of a black box _ having inputs & outputs (guzintas & guzoutas) _ I find Oracle’s notion of locking down a list of IO parameters akin to trying to copyright _ Methane gas _ and not worth a farthing.