Google v. Oracle and the Grateful (API) Dead: What a Long Strange Trip Its Been
DAILY JOURNAL (Forthcoming)
6 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2021
Date Written: April 12, 2021
The battle over intellectual property protection for computer software has raged for more than four decades. The most significant issue has been whether copyright protection constrains the ability of competitors and innovators to develop interoperable products. This commentary discusses the Supreme Court’s decision in Google v. Oracle, which goes a long way toward establishing that the functional specifications of computer software can be reimplemented without violating copyright law.
JEL Classification: Computer Software, Copyright, IP, Patent, Functionality, API, Idea-Expression, Fair Use
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