Appeals court says Oracle can copyright APIs - Tech community in awe of stupidity 

05/11/2014 - 00:00

By Jeff John Roberts -

In an unusual decision, an appeals court in Washington ruled on Friday that Oracle can copyright application programming interfaces (APIs) for the Java programming language. The ruling is a defeat for Google, which uses the APIs for its Android software, but also has implications for the technology industry as a whole, where APIs — which let computer programs speak to each other — are considered to be a basic building tool and outside the scope of copyright.