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:

Suing For All The Tea In China: Court Exercises Jurisdiction Over Chinese Government And Companies In $2.2 Billion Copyright Infringement Case

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The Central District of California is allowing a software copyright infringement suit to proceed against the People’s Republic of China and several Chinese corporations, in which the pleaded copyright damages exceed $2.2 billion.  The Amended Complaint in CYBERsitter, LLC v. Peoples Republic of China, the plaintiff software developer alleges that large and important chunks of its Internet content filtering software were copies wholesale by two Chinese software developers working in conjunction with the Chinese government, and that China then essentially mandated that every new computer sold or distributed within China have a copy of the infringing “Green Dam” filtering software installed.  [Read more…]