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Re: Are register names and locations under copyright?

On 01/10/2018 09:47 PM, Paul Wise wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 1:13 AM, Milan Kupcevic wrote:
>> It is widely held in the IT industry, and in technical industries in
>> general, that interface descriptions and definitions can not be legally
>> protected as that would stop development and production of compatible
>> replacement parts by third parties. This widely held belief could be
>> changed by a court decision or a new law in any given jurisdiction at
>> any time.
> As we saw in the Oracle v Google case over the Java APIs, this widely
> held belief is not necessarily correct.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oracle_America%2C_Inc._v._Google%2C_Inc.
> The result of the case was that the Java APIs are copyrightable, but
> that Google's use of them was fair use. Unfortunately fair use is not
> internationally widespread and not the same everywhere it is
> implemented.

This case just confirms that the legal protection, so far, has not been
successfully enforced. Thus, the widely held belief still stands strong.
I'm not a lawyer, and this is not a legal advice.


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