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Update-Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Oracle v. Google Appeal

July 7, 2015
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On June 29, 2015 the US Supreme Court decided to turn down Google’s request to hear its appeal of the Federal Circuit’s ruling from a year ago, that Oracle’s declaring code for pre-programmed Java routines is eligible for copyright protection.  See my May 27 2015 post for more background.  This means the case will now […]

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News Flash – Oracle v. Google Copyright Case

May 28, 2015
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In its brief filed on May 26, 2015, the US Solicitor General (SG) advised the US Supreme Court to not hear Google’s appeal of a decision, from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, holding that copyright protection extends to declaring code.  Should the Supreme Court agree with the SG, it will once again […]

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Oracle v Google: Are APIs Copyrightable?

November 12, 2014
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Last month, Google asked the Supreme Court to hear its appeal of an appeals court ruling that certain application program interfaces (APIs) are copyrightable.  Oracle’s response is due in December, and the US Government may weigh in, so we may not know until January 2015 whether the Supreme Court will accept the case.  I expect they […]

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EU Court of Justice Rules Web Browsing is not Copyright Infringement

June 12, 2014
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Whenever we view content on the Internet, our web browsers (Internet Explorer or Firefox, for most folks) make temporary copies of that content on our computers.  Amongst the rights reserved by copyright holders is the right to prevent others from making copies.  So do those copies constitute copyright infringement?  On Thursday, the European Court of […]

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3D Printing: How Will IP Law Handle The “Next Revolution” in Manufacturing?

April 3, 2013
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By Cathleen Stadecker 3D printing technology is becoming more popular as companies such as MakerBot Industries continue to introduce more affordable desktop 3D printers.  With these machines, which work by printing layers of plastic, metal, ceramics or other materials, more and more people are “printing” real-life objects –toys, jewelry, shoes, replacement parts – in their […]

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Speaking of . . . Copyrights | Did Avatar Rip Off Bats and Butterflies? California Court Says No.

December 19, 2012
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Misunderstood heroes.  Space travel.  Alien worlds.  Humanoids.  Greed.  Imperialism.  Violence.  Exploitation.  Intercultural war.  Redemption.  And Copyright Infringement? Everyone’s seen the movie Avatar. How many people have read the book Bats and Butterflies? How many people have even heard of it?  The author of Bats and Butterflies alleges that James Cameron’s Avatar is a rip-off. Background […]

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