Google Pushes High Court To Take Up Java Copyright Row

Law360, New York (January 2, 2015, 3:37 PM EST) -- Google Inc. recently told the U.S. Supreme Court that it isn't trying to undermine copyright protection for all computer code in its battle with Oracle Corp. over the use of its Java programming language, saying only certain parts of the language aren't copyright-eligible.

In its Dec. 23 reply brief, Google pointed out that under Section 102(b) the Copyright Act, copyright protection doesn’t extend to a system or method of operation, even if it’s embodied in an original work. Therefore, although some software can be copyrighted, the “method headers” used to operate pre-written programs in Java libraries are not, Google argued....

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