rjmarvin writes: The long-running lawsuit and countersuit between Google and Oracle resulted in a ruling last month that, in no uncertain terms, could break much of the software in use today.http://sdt.bz/71372.The decision insinuates that a developer who implements a standard or specification can now be open to lawsuit by the specification's creator. The federal circuit court did leave room for fair use to be found in Google's replication of the Java APIs. This fair use will be decided by Judge William Alsup, but may not matter in the end if the Supreme Court gets involved. If it sounds like this type of ruling would break the entire foundation of software development, that's because it does.
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