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Is Java Language Free and Open?

Google v. Oracle - a case that could turn software industry on its head



5:55 am on Apr 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Yes, I know Java and Javascript are two different things. My question is about Java.

Oracle's argument is that while Java is an open-source language free to all, using the APIs as Google did requires a license—and the fact that Google doesn't have one puts them on the wrong side of copyright law.

"The Java language is free and open; it's been in the public domain for years," Van Nest said. "And those APIs you heard about, they are necessary just to use the language. Without the APIs, the language is basically useless."


Java is my favorite language but if Oracle wins the case that would mean Java is not free and open. So long, Java.


6:29 pm on Apr 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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My question is about Java.

What is your question?


5:44 am on Apr 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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What is your question?

The title of this thread is the question. I'll repeat it for you:
Is Java language free and open?

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