Archives for May 2012

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:

Macho Man Songwriter Wins Termination Case

Village People songwriter, lead singer and ersatz police officer, Victor Willis, has prevailed in a lawsuit challenging his termination of assignment (and resulting recapture) of copyright to his many hit songs.  To be honest, the decision is very straightforward and there really were not any difficult issues presented, particularly because the music publisher withdrew its claim that the songs were works made for hire (which would have rendered any attempt to terminate ineffective).  The only argument advanced by the publisher was that Mr. Willis could not terminate his assignment because he was only one of several joint authors of the assigned songs.

This argument was frivolous, however, because [Read more…]