• APPEALS COURT REVIVES ORACLE-GOOGLE COPYRIGHT BATTLE

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    SAN FRANCISCO: An appeals court on Friday breathed new life into Oracle’s big-money lawsuit against Google by ruling that software commands can be copyrighted just like classic books. A panel of three judges in the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that a trial court erred last year by deciding Oracle application programming interfaces, referred to as APIs, are not entitled to the kind of copyright protection given to literature. The panel maintained that it is bound to afford APIs protection under copyright laws “until either the Supreme Court or Congress tells us otherwise.” Champions of Internet freedom decried the appeals court ruling as a threat to innovation because it heralded an explosion in legal battles over software spreading beyond patents to copyrights in how code is written.
    AFP

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