Behind the Headlines: The Inside Scoop on the Oracle vs Google Trial

Behind the Headlines: The Inside Scoop on the Oracle vs Google Trial

Summary: The ongoing patent wars by tech giants Google and Oracle might seem a bit hard to understand at times, but the implications of this case will likely change technology copyright history. If you're having trouble following all the developments, check out this ZDNet Hot Topics webcast, hosted by Jonas Tichenor and featuring journalists who have been inside the courtroom. ZDNet Editor Rachel King, CNET Editor Dan Farber and ZDNet Contributor Steven Vaughan-Nichols bring in depth analysis of this case and what its likely going to mean for the future of JAVA and even patents on intellectual property.

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  • Not to quibble,

    but I strongly suspect that Dan Farber misspoke 6:47-48 into the broadcast, when he said that ??So, Google's a very litigious company??. The context makes it clear here that he was speaking not about Google but about Oracle - he immediately goes on to exemplify his description by saying that ??you know, they've recently sued SAP for a billion dollars or more??, which makes it quite clear that the comment on the litigious nature of the company referred to Oracle....

    Henri
    mhenriday
  • API==Patentable, Source code==Copyrightable but not the other way around.

    IMO, an API is not something you can copyright, but the code is. You can not have an API without working code behind it and who writes the code and the license on the code is what matters. If any company wishes to write their own code to interface with an API as host or client they can. The code would of course look very similar in any case for compatibility but compatibility does not equal comparability. "It's all about who writes the code."

    If it were a patented API then it would be different. An API can be patented as it is a method of doing something but it is not copyrightable IMO...
    rsn10100