Archive for May 2012

Justice – APIs are not subject to copyright protection

anyone is free under the Copyright Act to write his or her own code to carry out exactly the same function or specification of any methods used in the Java API More on Groklaw.

Pull user-space probe instrumentation

commit 654443e20dfc0617231f28a07c96a979ee1a0239 Merge: 2c01e7b 9cba26e Author: Linus Torvalds Date: Thu May 24 11:39:34 2012 -0700 Merge branch ‘perf-uprobes-for-linus’ of git:// Pull user-space probe instrumentation from Ingo Molnar: “The uprobes code originates from SystemTap and has been used for years in Fedora and RHEL kernels. This version is much rewritten, reviews from PeterZ, Oleg and myself […]

FSF statement on jury’s partial verdict in Oracle v Google

Were it grounded in reality, Oracle’s claim that copyright law gives them proprietary control over any software that uses a particular functional API would be terrible for free software and programmers everywhere. It is an unethical and greedy interpretation created with the express purpose of subjugating as many computer users as possible, and is particularly […]