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Federal Circuit Finds Flaws in District Court’s Copyrightability Analysis in Java Dispute
Oracle Am., Inc. v. Google Inc., 2014 WL 1855277 (Fed. Cir. 2014). While developing its Android operating system, Google used code found in application programming interfaces (APIs) specific to the Java platform. Oracle, the owner of copyrights in Java components, including the APIs, sued Google for copyright infringement. The district court ruled that the Java APIs were not copyrightable, in part because the court found it essentially necessary for Google to have copied the code to allow interoperability of applications on different mobile phones.
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