[Lazarus] Embarcadero vs Lazarus/FPC (Oracle vs Google)

Hans-Peter Diettrich DrDiettrich1 at aol.com
Tue May 8 10:39:59 CEST 2012

Graeme Geldenhuys schrieb:
> Hi,
> I'm following the trial between Oracle vs Google and wondered about
> the following... Judge Alsup told the jury to assume API's are
> copyrightable - something Alsup still has to determine later during
> trial. Now if he does rule that API's are copyrightable, how will this
> affect the Lazarus and Free Pascal projects? Both the latter projects
> copy Embarcadero's API's verbatim.

US hosters may be disallowed to make such software available.
US users may be disallowed to import and use such software.

I don't think that these consequences really are wanted ;-)

IMO the difference between copying source files and copying contained 
declarations should be respected. The EU applies copyright to source 
files, but not to the ideas, interfaces etc. behind some software (no 
software patents).


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