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

Ċ½ilvinas Ledas zilvinas.ledas at dict.lt
Tue May 8 10:02:51 CEST 2012


Hello all,

relevant recent news is that EU court ruled that APIs and programming 
languages are not copyrightable: 
http://developers.slashdot.org/story/12/05/02/229208/eu-court-rules-apis-programming-languages-not-copyrightable

So at least in EU it is totally legal.


Regards,
Ċ½ilvinas

On 2012-05-08 11:39, Hans-Peter Diettrich wrote:
> 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).
>
> DoDi
>
>
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