On November 26, 2013 I wrote a post titled “Oracle v. Google: How Google Could Lose on Appeal” (link). After oral argument before the CAFC a couple of weeks later I wrote a follow-up post, “Oral Argument in Oracle v. Google: A Setback for Google?” (link).
I thought I was being a bit paranoid on Google’s behalf, but I was wrong – if anything, I was being too optimistic. The CAFC reversed California federal district court judge William Alsup, upholding almost every argument made by Oracle.
Interoperatibility Goes To Fair Use, Not Copyrightability
In the “How Google Could Lose” post I noted that Oracle had a good argument that interoperability is properly raised in connection with a copyright fair use defense, not to determine whether the plaintiff’s work is copyright-protected in the first instance. The CAFC agreed, stating
… Read the full article “CAFC Reverses Judge Alsup – Java API Declaring Code Held Copyrightable”
Whether Google’s software is “interoperable” in some sense with any aspect of the Java platform … has no bearing on the threshold question of whether Oracle’s software is copyrightable.