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Copyright for first API
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 01 2013 @ 10:58 AM EST
The scary part of this argument is that it could be used to claim ownership over programs written in those languages that by necessity implement an interface declared in the API. An interface is just the method declarations with no implementing functionality.
I had thought about this but an API is essentially a bunch of words (alphanumeric characters) with some words being optional. Surely that means all APIs are copyrighted by the very first occurrence?
So the only difference between any two APIs are the words used (simple word replacement is still a copyright violation) and the number of words used.

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Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 01 2013 @ 06:35 PM EST
The monopoly has numerous APIs in the wild, since in their heydey, they forced
everyone else to their way or else. If they can convince the courts that
copyrights govern APIs, and that they have a right to control downstream use of
those APIs, then their rapidly dying monopoly just might yield another few years
of cashflow.

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