Rise of the API Copyright Dead?

screen-shot-2017-03-29-at-8-39-43-amRISE OF THE API COPYRIGHT DEAD?  AN UPDATED EPITAPH FOR COPYRIGHT PROTECTION OF NETWORK FEATURES OF COMPUTER SOFTWARE (FEATURING PETER MENELL) | WCC 1015, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA | 12:00 pm, March 30, 2017 | In 2010, Oracle filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that Google infringed Oracle’s copyrights in application program interface (“API”) packages relating to the Java interface.  The case resulted in decisions from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that will have far-reaching implications with respect to interoperability and the scope of intellectual property protection for the functional elements of computer code. Peter Menell is Koret Professor of Law and Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).  In two recent works, Professor Menell addressed the protections afforded by copyright law to network and functional features of software. In this presentation, Professor Menell will address longstanding questions about the United States Copyright Act and the way its provisions apply to code.  He will trace the history of software copyright and shed light on what the Oracle v. Google case means for the future of APIs. The Cyberlaw Clinic is pleased to co-present this event along with the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology.

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