Did The Court Get The Oracle Analysis Right?

Law360, New York (July 6, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT) -- On May 31, 2012, the Northern District of California handed down a very interesting and important decision in the area of software copyright law. The decision was an Order re Copyrightability of Certain Replicated Elements of the Java Application Programming Interface, see Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc. (N.D.Cal. May 31, 2012) (Judge William Alsup). The court held that the application programming interfaces (“APIs”) at issue in the case were not copyrightable as a matter of law, primarily because they were “methods of operation” that are...
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