Update #3: To Copyright APIs, or Not to Copyright, That is the Question

Don Miller

In November 2014, we posted a piece about the Oracle vs. Google case and the ongoing court battle over whether APIs can be copyrighted.  In January 2015, we provided an update about the Supremes (a.k.a., the United States Supreme Court) inviting the federal government to submit a brief “expressing the views of the United States.”

Yesterday, the Feds weighed in on the matter, and Oracle is no doubt pleased with the position taken by the Feds.  The Justice Department urged the Supremes NOT to review the lower court ruling favoring Oracle.  The Fed’s recommendation does not necessarily mean the Supremes will refuse to hear the case, but it definitely reduces Google’s chances to reverse the lower court ruling.

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