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Google gets big SCOTUS win over Oracle on “fair use” of code


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Cool I'm sure Google will react the same way when someone steals their code (I know it's an API).


EDIT - I am in favour of this opinion, generally, just pointing out that Google is only looking out for its own interests here, not anyone else's. If the situation were reversed, they'd be fighting this tooth and nail.

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The ruling heads off an expected wave of lawsuits over API copyrights.

Writing for a six-justice majority, Justice Stephen Breyer held that Google's copying of the Java API calls was permissible under copyright's fair use doctrine. The high court punted on whether APIs can be copyrighted in the first place. But the court's fair use reasoning was broad enough that it should provide a strong defense for most API copying, making the question of API copyrights much less important.

The article also notes that they are working on a more in-depth piece on the issue. I look forward to reading their analysis of the short and long term effects

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