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....

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Beta
Ask a question!