CCIA Files Copyright Amicus In Case Involving Fair Use And Programming Languages

BY Heather Greenfield
May 26, 2017

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has filed an amicus brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the long-running Oracle v. Google litigation, a case in which Oracle seeks to significantly extend intellectual property claims in ways that would harm innovation in technology and software development.

The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“If copying code to ensure a product is interoperable is prohibited by the court, it will have a chilling effect on innovation.

“It is difficult to fathom that founders of our copyright regulations would have imagined this attempt to apply the law in a way that would harm both consumers and software developers. Under Oracle’s newest interpretation of copyright law, programmers would have little incentive to learn new types of computer languages, and that would limit entry from new startups, and harm competition by entrenching existing companies.”

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