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Discussion on: Supreme Court sides with Google over Oracle. Copying an API is fair use.

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Peter Harrison

Divorce this from the fact that two major corporations were involved. Neither is 'good' in any meaningful way. What was on the line was the ability to replicate an API. If this precedent stood it would make it impossible to create competing implementations of an API. Preventing competing implementations is simply a way to keep customers locked into a particular technology implementation. The best thing is to have open standards such that we can compete on the quality of implementations rather than being locked into specific solutions and held to ransom.