Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Copyrights... and wrongs


I just read the ZDNet post entitled "​Google pushes to take Oracle Java copyright case to Supreme Court". Very interesting. While my initial thought was who cares, I now must confess to agree with the author, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols... to a point.

Before I proceed, I do feel that I should say that, as a guy who started programming in Java in 1997, I really like that Google chose Java to power Android devices. It is significantly lowering my learning curve.

While I do agree that software APIs should not qualify for copyright protection, I have a very difficult time accepting that what was protected when authored should cease to be protected just because we now use it everywhere. The successful adoption of technology must not render it public domain. How long do you think that an attempt to remove the copyright from Microsoft Windows would last? Those protected rights are part of what Oracle bought when they purchased Sun.

I, for one, would love to write some code that becomes so ubiquitous that I regret the following statement. Law makers in all jurisdictions should now have the courage to pass laws that will prevent such shackling of innovation in the future.

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