Programmers Take Google's Side In Oracle Copyright Appeal

Law360, New York (May 30, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT) -- A group of 32 computer scientists on Thursday threw their weight behind Google Inc. in a court battle with Oracle Corp., saying that extending copyright protection to the Java software code at the heart of the dispute would chill innovation in the computer industry.

If a trial judge's ruling finding Google's Android operating system does not infringe Java's application programming interface, or API, is reversed, the group told the Federal Circuit, Oracle and others will be able to “monopolize any and all uses of systems that...
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