[License-discuss] Copyright on APIs

Florian Weimer fw at deneb.enyo.de
Sat Jan 4 08:57:49 UTC 2020

* Lawrence Rosen:

> https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/01/oracle-copied-amazons-api-was-th
> at-copyright-infringement/

There is actually something that looks like a machine-readable
interface description in the source code published by Amazon under the
Apache license:


I have not tried to use this description to implement the API, but the
idea for such descriptions is that both the client and server
implementations are automatically checked for conformance to the
specified interface.

Therefore, it seems to me that a key assumption of the article is on
rather shaky grounds.

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