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Oracle

Submission + - Judge in Oracle vs Google tells jury apis with same name are copyrightable (arstechnica.com) 2

Billly Gates writes: Oracle vs Google case is turning into a copyright infringement one rather than a patent one. The judge agreed with Oracle that an api with just the same name is actual copyright infringement and has instructed the jurors to look at this way when presented evidence.

This is a very dangerous precedent that could have far reaching effects. For example, if you create an opensource project with a function called foo(), that line of code would be owned and infringing on another project with the same name as foo() if lawyers cite this case as an example of copyright interpretation. GCC and Mono would be in danger and teams of lawyers would be required before anyone writes a single line of code in any company in the US.
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