A Sum Greater than its Parts?: Copyright Protection for Application Program Interfaces

Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, Vol. 14, pp. 59-90, 2005

32 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2009 Last revised: 14 May 2014

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Efthimios Parasidis

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

The exponential growth exhibited in the technology sector worldwide has provided businesses and consumers with a myriad of computer programs and computer-based devices. Whereas the copyright laws of the United States have attempted to keep pace with these rapid technological advances, in certain instances, such has not been the case. One such area involves the extent of copyright protection for application program interfaces ("APIs"). Whereas APIs have been implicated as important segments of high profile lawsuits involving large multi-national corporations such as Microsoft, few scholars have addressed whether, and to what extent, APIs are protected under the copyright laws. This article discusses the extent of copyright protection that is afforded to APIs and the defense of fair use as it relates to copyright infringement claims regarding APIs.

Keywords: copyright, application program interface, API, fair use, computer software, copyright infringement

Suggested Citation

Parasidis, Efthimios, A Sum Greater than its Parts?: Copyright Protection for Application Program Interfaces (2005). Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, Vol. 14, pp. 59-90, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1325104

Efthimios Parasidis (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

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