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Copying an API can be protected by fair use. GOOGLE V. ORACLE

Copyright law and software are like oil and water.  If you shake them up, they will mix for a while, but over time they will separate.  The fundamental problem is software runs on computers, computers are functional objects, copyright law specifically excludes functional things from copyright protection, except for software. In 1980, the United States…

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Is distributing photographs of a sculpture for sale fair use? NOLAND v. JANSSEN

A copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted to the creator of an original work of expression.  Copyright law protects original works of expression like books, music, movies, and photographs.   A copyright owner is granted the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, display, perform, transmit and make derivative works based on the original. If someone…

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