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Meltdown AvertedFriday June 1, 2012
Sanity prevails:
So long as the specific code used to implement a method is different, anyone is free under the Copyright Act to write his or her own code to carry out exactly the same function or specification of any methods used in the Java API. It does not matter that the declaration or method header lines are identical.

Under the rules of Java, they must be identical to declare a method specifying the same functionality -- even when the implementation is different. When there is only one way to express an idea or function, then everyone is free to do so and no one can monopolize that expression. And, while the Android method and class names could have been different from the names of their counterparts in Java and still have worked, copyright protection never extends to names or short phrases as a matter of law.

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At least until the appeal?

Posted by Ian. on June 01, 2012 at 07:36 AM PDT #

Fact that you are writing "Sanity Prevails" means that it truly has prevailed. Thanks!

Posted by Bijan on June 01, 2012 at 10:24 AM PDT #

*When there is only one way to express an idea or function, then everyone is free to do so and no one can monopolize that expression.* Yes, that certainly is sane. Unfortunately there are already plenty of acts passed by congress which directly contradict this -- the DMCA, for one. This may not hold up on appeal, and it definitely won't establish useful precedent. Oh well.

Posted by quantized on June 01, 2012 at 10:42 PM PDT #

sun said we know .

Posted by Sang.J. Park on June 02, 2012 at 11:25 PM PDT #

hi James, Will SSJS overtake java? http://brendaneich.com/ doesn't talk much on SSJS.

Posted by anonymous on June 03, 2012 at 02:41 AM PDT #

Was the copy really limited to method signatures?

Posted by zet on June 04, 2012 at 04:47 AM PDT #

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