Blog, US

CCIA Filed Amicus Brief in Federal Circuit Case Oracle v. Google in Support of Interoperability

BY CCIA Staff
June 6, 2013

Last week, CCIA filed an amicus brief [PDF] with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Oracle v. Google.  Oracle’s initial complaint included both copyright and patent claims, and the court decided to split it up into separate cases.  (For more information on the rather complicated procedural history, ArsTechnica has a series of posts following each development.)  CCIA’s brief was filed in an appeal of the case involving the copyrightability of APIs.  CCIA urged the Federal Circuit to affirm the district court’s finding that Oracle’s APIs at issue were not copyrightable.

CCIA’s brief also focused on the important historical context underlying this area of law and policy.  There have been decades of court decisions, that were later codified, that protect the important principle of interoperability.  There is an interoperability exception in the DMCA, and many free trade agreements mandate that signatories have protections for interoperability.  Nations around the world have followed suit and passed legislation permitting reverse engineering in order to achieve interoperability.

CCIA has been filing amicus briefs in support of interoperability for more than twenty years; they are all available on this page: https://www.ccianet.org/interop.  CCIA is optimistic that the Federal Circuit will affirm this long-held principle that is crucial to this industry.

Related Articles

CCIA Encouraged As Bill Aimed At Boosting Interoperability, Efficiency In Government Software Licensing Advances From Committee

Sep 28, 2022

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association applauded the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for advancing legislation that would promote interoperability and efficiency in federal software procurement. The bill, “Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act” (SAMOSA, S. 4908), sponsored by Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.),…

Supreme Court Decides Landmark Google v. Oracle Case On Copyright, Interoperable Tech Products

Apr 5, 2021

Washington — The Supreme Court has issued its ruling in the Google v. Oracle copyright case, which has been litigated for more than a decade. The outcome, which has sweeping implications for the tech industry, means the reuse of certain program elements necessary for interoperability is fair use and not an infringement of copyright law.…