[Judge] Alsup told Boies, "I have done, and still do, a significant amount of programming in other languages. I've written blocks of code like rangeCheck a hundred times before. I could do it, you could do it. The idea that someone would copy that when they could do it themselves just as fast, it was an accident. There's no way you could say that was speeding them along to the marketplace. You're one of the best lawyers in America --how could you even make that kind of argument?"
This guy reckons it was all out of loyalty to Steve Jobs: What was Larry Ellison thinking in Java Android lawsuit?
Yep, that's pretty much what technical folks with a clue, instead of an axe to grind, expected. The whole idea of being able to copyright an API is just silly. An API is just a description of what code will do, it has nothing to do with implementation details, or even the language, really.
If you could copyright an API, then once someone wrote a function to produce say, a cosine, then nobody else could ever write a cosine function again... or at least not within the lifetime of anyone then living.
It's still weird that the only shared code found was for something trivial.
For example, Java-based code using the replicated parts of the
37 API packages will run on Android but will not if a 38th package is needed. Such imperfect
interoperability leads to a “fragmentation” — a Balkanization — of platforms, a circumstance
which Sun and Oracle have tried to curb via their licensing programs. In this litigation, Oracle
has made much of this problem, at times almost leaving the impression that if only Google had
replicated all 166 Java API packages, Oracle would not have sued.
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