E.U. Court Rules Programming Languages Not Copyrightable

More and more reasons to move to the EU.  The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that programming languages are not copyrightable.  They ruled in favor of World Programming Limited, which was brough to court by SAS Institute over the SAS System.

There are some striking similarities between this case and the Google vs Oracle case happening here in the states.  I don't think access to source code was a factor in this case as it seems to be in the Google/Oracle case, but overal the "spirit" of the case is quite similar.

You can read more about it here: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/eu-court-rules-programming-languages-not-copyrightable/76076

posted 4 years 5 months ago

 Why is this even a problem?! I really hate this copyright splurging happening seemingly constantly, where one year after the other it seems as though SOME basic liberty, right, decency or what-have-you is threatened by legal nonsense. Why can't copyrights and all the other product legal jargon like trademark and restrictions just expire after 10 years and head to public domain?

Seriously, this is like someone copyrighting the English language and you're required to buy a license to use it, but the license can be terminated at any time if the holders feel like terminating it. Shit is just whack, yo.

posted 4 years 5 months ago

 As soon as this happened wendell looked over and said, "OK... we are moving to the EU."

If Oracle wins it will destroy coding as we know it. 


posted 4 years 5 months ago

 America will judge and say they are copyrightable, just cuz it's 100% corrupt here and it gives the government another thing to control.

posted 3 years 8 months ago

 I can see attaching copyright to a book on a programming language, because that is technically a published work with an author (the same thing happens with books on learning french or german). I would have no problem with copyrighting a program written in a certain language, because that ties in with intellectual property (like a poem written in french or german). But a language? Come on. This is legal sillyness of the highest degree. A computer language is very comparible to a human language, because it is a way of communicating with a computer. When you restrict the use of something like that, your reducing the ability for someone to learn and use it in a productive manner. So I guess what I'm trying to say here, is that it looks like Oracle just doesn't want anyone to program in java.