After enduring controversy over its original license (referred to as "BSD+Patents") for the React framework and then capitulating by switching to the open source MIT license, Facebook has announced a license for GraphQL that open source pioneer Bruce Perens says is too restrictive (includes video).
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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.
Recently, Apache re-classified code under Facebook’s “BSD+ Patents” license to “Category X,” effectively banning it from future contributions to Apache Foundation projects. The move has re-ignited controversy over the patent grant, but the controversy is more partisan than practical.
A federal judge has ruled that Microsoft's LinkedIn service must make the data found in most of its users' profiles freely available to third parties who want to programmatically "scrape" the site for that data instead of going through the service's official API and abiding by its Terms of Service.
Can your application programming interfaces truly be “public” if your terms and conditions disallow application contexts deemed to be competitive to your business interests? This article looks at a recent ruling and how it may or may not help secure Uber’s ability to have a selectively public API.
Stampery launched two new services that further its goal to be the defacto notarization provider of the 21st century. A new API and improved certification service (Stamp.io) continue Stampery's use of blockchain technology to digitally verify documents and create secure records of existence.
On Thursday the two-week trial between Oracle and Google ended when a federal jury found that Google's re-use of 37 Java APIs in the development of its Android operating system is protected by "fair use." The decision marks a win for developers who are likely to see relief from API copyright.
Now that US courts have said APIs are copyrightable, the epic battle between Google and Oracle returns to a lower court to determine whether Google's limited usage of Oracle's copyrighted material exceeded the norms of fair use. As the final round opens, what is Google's legal strategy to prevail?
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.