Google Court Rules APIs Not Protected By Copyright

I apol­o­gize for slack­ing off on the blog posts, but I have been prepar­ing for a Copy­right Roy­alty Board trial.  Even under these try­ing cir­cum­stances, how­ever, I had to quickly post this deci­sion due to its immense impor­tance to copy­right lawyers.  In the ongo­ing bat­tle between Google and Ora­cle, the dis­trict court has finally issued its deci­sion on the cru­cial issue of whether APIs (appli­ca­tion pro­gram­ming inter­faces) are pro­tected by copy­right, hold­ing that APIs are meth­ods of soft­ware oper­a­tion and there­fore not within the scope of copyright.

Here is the decision:

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