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From "Karl Wright (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-137) Ownership of WSDLs and XSDs created by interrogating proprietary web services
Date Thu, 31 May 2012 23:25:23 GMT

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Karl Wright commented on LEGAL-137:
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As posted to the members list:

According to Groklaw, the judge in Oracle/Google case says "APIs can't be copyrighted"

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20120531173633275

"So long as the specific code used to implement a method is different, 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. It does not matter that the declaration or method header
lines are identical. Under the rules of Java, they must be identical to declare a method specifying
the same functionality — even when the implementation is different. When there is only one
way to express an idea or function, then everyone is free to do so and no one can monopolize
that expression. And, while the Android method and class names could have been different from
the names of their counterparts in Java and still have worked, copyright protection never
extends to names or short phrases as a matter of law."


                
> Ownership of WSDLs and XSDs created by interrogating proprietary web services
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-137
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-137
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Karl Wright
>
> In the .NET framework, any service can be interrogated to find its Web Services API (represented
by a set of WSDL and XSD files), using a .NET tool called "disco.exe".  My question pertains
to the ownership (or lack thereof) of such WSDLs and XSDs.  Can these be redistributed in
original or modified form in an Apache project?

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