Sunday, June 03, 2012

Oracle v Google: No perks for Java | The Economist

Worst-case scenario for Oracle, in this lawsuit
"The full 41-page ruling makes for a riveting read. In part that is because the judge has, as he noted during in the trial, written programming code himself—and learned some of the Java language under consideration to test the claims Oracle's lawyers were making about the nature of work-alike functionality. What Oracle attempted to do, it appears, is apply principles of patents (which protect methods) to copyright (which protects specific creative instantiations).
Oracle plans to appeal, but the judge weaved the trial and his decision so intricately that there seems to be little scope for a higher court to find errors. As a programmer, Judge Alsup clearly knows how important it is to avoid bugs."
Oracle v Google: No perks for Java | The Economist
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