Reply to post: Re: Every single computer interface would be copyrighted

IBM, Microsoft, a medley of others sing support for Google against Oracle in Supremes' Java API copyright case

Flocke Kroes Silver badge

Re: Every single computer interface would be copyrighted

According to Oracle, APIs do not need to be published in the form of source code. They have a court ruling that makes a clean room implementation copyright infringement unless it is somehow shown to be fair use. Fair use is not a global concept and even where it does exist it has limitations like no commercial distribution or uses less than vaguely 10% of the source material. The boundaries of fair use are sufficiently fuzzy that you can expect nuisance litigation from trolls even when fair use is clear.

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