namespace protection compatible with the OSD?

John Cowan cowan at
Sat Apr 21 17:02:54 UTC 2001

Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M. scripsit:

> "Java Platform Interface. In the event that Licensee creates an
> additional API(s) which: (i) extends the functionality of a
> Java Environment; and, (ii) is exposed to third party software
> developers for the purpose of developing additional software which
> invokes such additional API, Licensee must promptly publish broadly an
> accurate specification for such API for free use by all developers."
> One wonders whether that provision is consistent with the First Amendment.

Whyever not?  A private party can compel speech from you if you agree
to be so bound, surely.  After all, it can compel silence easily enough,
as in NDAs.

> Even so, it is clear that it is consistent with Sun's view on the
> copyrightability of Java APIs. The link to the entire license, which
> includes provisions concerning the development kit and a rather odd
> provision regarding the Windows platform:

That provision arises because Sun is bound by Microsoft not to use
the Windows look-and-feel off the Windows platform.  If Sun cannot,
you cannot either using Sun's tools.

Or so Sun interprets the restrictions on it, anyway.

John Cowan                                   cowan at
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