On the heels of major industry fallout over Facebook's license to use React, the company is now embroiled in another legal controversy that puts any implementation of GraphQL (also a Facebook technology) at risk of patent infringement. Accordingly, it may be wise to halt any GraphQL work.
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The API copyright infringement lawsuit between Google and Oracle isn't completely over yet and an ugly precedent that would cast a pall across the API economy is still a possibility. MuleSoft CTO Uri Sarid has published an opinion on TechCrunch that illustrates the sort of damage that could be done.
As Google and Oracle ready themselves for yet another court appearance in their ongoing copyright dispute, Google announced it will no longer rely on proprietary Oracle Java APIs for future versions of Android. Alternatively, Google will use Oracle's open-source version (OpenJDK) moving forward.
The Ninth Circuit’s dancing baby case is a recent (and important) decision involving the intersection of copyright infringement and the doctrine of “fair use” in our online world.
In a decision that could potentially stifle innovation, the Supreme Court has officially declined to hear Google's appeal in the case of Oracle vs. Google.
May 2014's court decision concerning Google's use of the Java APIs sparked industry contention. The Supreme Court recently met to decide whether or not to review the case.
While the Supreme Court considers the question of API copyrightability in the context of Oracle's lawsuit against Google, a press release raises the question of API patentability.
Law professor Pamela Samuelson argues that the Oracle v. Google verdict is dangerous for the software industry and undermines historical court decisions.