Java APIs stand as a very central part of the Oracle-Google Android trial that got underway this week in San Francisco. The legal wrangling comes at a time when APIs (Applications Programming Interfaces) are increasingly seen as “open” and “public,” thanks in part to the strategies and successes of Facebook, Twitter and (none other than) Google APIs.
Tech’s biggest “Larries” - Larry Ellison of Oracle and Larry Page - testified in the first week of the trial, along with Mark Reinhold, Oracle Java Platform Group chief architect and Timothy Lindholm, Google engineer, and others. Both Reinhold and Lindolm were formerly with Sun.
According to trial documents, Google is asserting that “computer programming languages are not copyrightable, and neither are Oracle’s APIs.” Google says that “the Court should hold that the structure, selection and organization of the APIs are un-copyrightable.”