Jury Instructions in Oracle v. Google a Microcourse in Copyright Code Law

We think, of course, that Google has nailed the coffin shut on the Oracle copyright infringment claim with respect to its API:

“Computer programming languages are not copyrightable, and neither are Oracle’s APIs. Oracle accuses Google of infringement for doing what the Oracle API specifications describe. That is a classic attempt to improperly assert copyright over an idea rather than expression. The Court should hold that the structure, selection and organization of the APIs are uncopyrightable.”

In any event, for all clients and curious public readers, Judge Alsup does a wonderful job in these jury instructions in framing the issues.

Jury Procedure

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