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I'd have to see the code in question to really be able to comment

Copyrights are so much different than patents.

Like did Google take Oracle sourcecode and put it directly into Android? Or is there a high level concept that Java implements that was copied by Google? The article references interfaces which says to me that Google copied the interface that Java uses but actually wrote their own code for that interface. My take would that would be fair use. If Google took the code that implements the interface in Java and simply put that code into Android, then yeah, that would generally be illegal.

An example in cloud computing: AWS has an API for the S3 service that they publish. There are multiple block storage vendors that copy the S3 API and implement it themselves as part of their hardware platforms so a customer can use the same interface to write their data both in the cloud and into on-premise block storage.

If this is similar to what Google did, then I'd agree with the majority opinion.

(In response to this post by TD Elvis)

Posted: 04/06/2021 at 11:58AM


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