Parsing Google v. Oracle: What’s It Really Mean?

It’s okay to duplicate an API, even if you have to snarf 11,500 lines of somebody else’s code to do it.

That’s the gist of the ruling from the United States Supreme Court in the long-running case of Google v. Oracle. Left unanswered is the larger question of whether software is even protected by copyright in the first … Read More → "Parsing Google v. Oracle: What’s It Really Mean?"

ID for the IoT? We Need the IDoT!

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Or take the original American colonies. Throughout northeastern America, Native Americans would employ shell … Read More → "ID for the IoT? We Need the IDoT!"

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I once worked for a large computer manufacturer that considered itself to be a “big cheese” in its headquarters’ hometown. For some reason, the folks who donned the undergarments of authority and strode the corridors of power decided to have a blitz on the local media channels — including newspapers, radio, and television — to remind the hoi polloi as to who we were and what we did. … Read More → "Want to Learn AI? But Where to Go?"

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Posted on Apr 12 at 6:38pm by Beercandyman
This sounds like a big win for open source. Anyone can take any interface copy it word for word. How will Google feel when someone open sources all of it's APIs? Are they going to get behind a "Free Android" version? Maybe all the phone companies will get together and ...
Posted on Apr 12 at 9:19am by rebound11
As a guy who teaches and gives away his work (code, circuits etc.) for free for anyone to use and copy, I can understand why copying the structure of an API would be fair use, but I can't find any logic in saying that copying the actual implementation of said ...
Posted on Apr 12 at 8:06am by RedBarnDesigner
Hi Jim, really interesting article this. It gives a really valuable insight into the way the courts think about these issues. Interesting also the bit about deferring any ruling on copyright rules. Hmm. Thank you.
Posted on Apr 10 at 6:26am by RedBarnDesigner
Hi Chuck, I also believe in the "right to repair" but as with all technologies it is all about how you use the technology. If you buy a product from me - it is your product and belongs to no-one else. I have a smartphone, which although I paid for ...
Posted on Apr 9 at 5:41pm by ChuckInMN
That would be pointless - because the cloned product would be built without IDot. This only has value is preventing counterfeit consumables and/or preventing the substitution of subassemblies. So not only can you not use anything but an Official HP printer cartridge for your HP printer (even if you ...
Posted on Apr 9 at 5:34pm by ChuckInMN
Unfortunately, this is all too likely to be used in ways to eliminate the ability for consumers to have devices repaired. The hard drive from a MacBook with a damaged logic board won't be usable in a different MacBook with a bad drive because the "id doesn't match". Individual IDs ...
Posted on Apr 9 at 9:19am by RedBarnDesigner
Okay - fat fingers here again. Never one to waste the opportunity to download a datasheet - short form now residing in my security products folder. I am more used to seeing Infineon in the automtive market where they have an ethos of robustness and reliability. I have used their ...
Posted on Apr 9 at 8:38am by RedBarnDesigner
Aaaaaarghh! Did I really say WITH! Of course I obviously meant WITHOUT! Thanks Max. Well spotted - fat fingers on the keyboard moment! We currently use a device from the Maxim family of secure authenticators. The packaging isn't as small as the IDoT but on our board that isn't an ...
Posted on Apr 9 at 8:16am by Max Maxfield
"These days, I wouldn’t think of putting a product on the market with something like the IDoT in it." "With"? I think you meant to say "I wouldn’t think of putting a product on the market WITHOUT something like the IDoT in it." LOL
Posted on Apr 9 at 12:44am by RedBarnDesigner
Hi Max, As usual a relevant and timely article. If anyone thinks "we can't become a victim of cloning", some years ago when vehicle telematics was young, imagine the surprise in the company where I worked when we found a unit for sale that looked and worked just like the ...
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