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Oracle, Google Struggle To Explain APIs To Jury
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Jon_K
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Jon_K,
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4/21/2012 | 4:51:20 AM
re: Oracle, Google Struggle To Explain APIs To Jury
One more thing. The lawyers and the pundits keep bringing up the trivial examples like square-root. That's misleading, a trivial example. The 37 packages Google copied, legally or not contain hundreds of methods and take a thousand, dense pages to describe. Row, Row, Row Your Boat vs Beethoven's 9th. Both music but there's a world of difference.
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Jon_K,
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4/21/2012 | 4:42:58 AM
re: Oracle, Google Struggle To Explain APIs To Jury
"Java APIs, which are the detailed specifications that describe valid uses of the Java language."

No, not really. The Java API's are the interface descriptions of the many pre-made components available to the Java programmer. They range from the easy to understand math components like max to complex components like graphics objects. (Darn I was hoping to do this explanation without using the word object.).

The challenge for the Oracle lawyers is to show that these things are valuable, can be copyrighted, were copyrighted and weren't already given away free.

The challenge for the Google lawyers is to explain why it was OK to copy them especially in light of the email messages in which Googlers sound like they know they are stealing. Their evasive answers on the stand can't be helping either.

The challenge for the lawyers on both sides is to describe this to non-technical people when even the judge who is a bright guy and paying a lot of attention can't seem to get it. Everyone resorts to analogies, all of which fall short.


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