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API: Oracle vs Google, the Supreme Court shakes the software market

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The Supreme Court has refused the appeal on the dispute between Oracle and Google over the API copyright.

The Supreme Court has refused the appeal on the dispute between Oracle and Google over the API copyright. The decision in this case concerns only Oracle and Google, but it could become a precedent for the entire software sector. It is in fact a matter of determining whether a company can have application programming interfaces, APIs, in this case Java codes to base of some Android features. With this refusal, the victory of the dispute temporarily goes to Oracle, which claimed copyright over the API, while Google defended itself by defining a programming API as functional, arguing that it could not be considered the result of creative work and therefore could not be covered by copyright. The Supreme Court's decision is for shake software developers, who use APIs as a basic programming structure.The APIs, which allow different programs to communicate with each other, are considered a kind of lingua franca for many developers. The case could become a dangerous precedent, bringing new legal risks in their work. To avoid using APIs and take risks, developers should rewrite a code each time, with considerably more effort than now. Oracle claims its copyright, because the APIs were developed with JAVA, created by Sun Microsystems, a company later acquired by Oracle.Oracle has accused Google of using part of the Java API language in its Android operating system. Google, followed by dozens of lawyers, appealed and asked the Supreme Court to resolve the issue, but the latter refused, without giving reasons.

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