[osg-users] OT: Oracle loses API IP case with Google

Chris Hanson xenon at alphapixel.com
Thu May 26 14:52:11 PDT 2016

  This is OT, however, the ramifications of this affect our entire
industry. Oracle has lost their case claiming that APIs can be the basis
for copyright infringement. This was a claim we all thought was determined
(against them being copyrightable and infringe-able) back in the 80s with
the BSD Unix cases.


  The software development universe is slightly more safe and sane for
developers this afternoon as some common sense has been restored.

  Applicability to OpenGL? If this case had been ruled in Oracle's favor,
API clones like Mesa (which implements the same APIs as OpenGL) would be
infringing, and could be prosecuted.

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