@illusionofmore: Google v. Oracle Part I: Or Why You Really Don’t Have to Know WTF an API Is

[Editor Charlie sez:  Challenging Google will break the Internet!!  Again!! Everybody drink!!]

I freely admit that one reason I procrastinated when it came to digging into Oracle v. Google (now Google v. Oracle) is the fact that this nine-year litigation, now headed to the Supreme Court, deals with software.  Unlike most creative arts in which I have some background and knowledge, software might as well be magic spells that make our devices run (or not); and although this form of authorship is generally invisible or incomprehensible to most of us users, the code-writers say it entails creative expression, and so does the copyright law since 1980.

This clash-of-titans lawsuit, which currently stands with two rulings (in 2014 and 2017) in Oracle’s favor at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, will now ask the Supreme Court to settle two main legal questions:  1) whether the specific code (part of Oracle’s Java API) used by Google without a license in the development of Android is copyrightable in the first place; and 2) if that code is protected by copyright, whether Google’s use is protected by the fair use doctrine.  I will actually address the legal narrative and issues in subsequent posts because on top of the triable matters and doctrinal debates, is a business and PR story that should probably be addressed first.

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Press Release: House Judiciary Announces New Committee Members

House Judiciary Leaders Announce Committee Roster

WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary Committee held its first full committee meeting to introduce new members, adopt committee rules, appoint subcommittee chairs and ranking members, and approve subcommittee assignments. Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) released the following statements after the Judiciary Committee’s first meeting of the 116th Congress:

“It’s a great pleasure to join Chairman Nadler in welcoming our colleagues to the House Judiciary Committee. The opportunities our committee has to serve Americans and strengthen our democratic institutions are almost limitless. Together, we’ve built a legacy of passionate debate and bipartisan success. I look forward to hearing from every lawmaker on this committee and to deepening our collaboration throughout this Congress,” said Collins.

“I’m proud to welcome all of our Members to the House Judiciary Committee this Congress. The Committee has remained one of the most active committees in the House through lively debates, bipartisan partnerships, and advancing critical legislation. I expect this to continue and look forward to hearing from my colleagues on both sides of the aisle as we prepare to take on some of the most pressing issues of our time. I have worked closely with Ranking Member Collins on many issues in the past and hope that we will find more common ground over the next two years,” said Nadler.

Democratic Members

  • Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Chair
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)
  • Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)
  • Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.)
  • Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.)
  • Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.)
  • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.)
  • Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.)
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)
  • Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.)
  • Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.), Vice Chair
  • Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas)
  • Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.)
  • Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.)
  • Rep. Greg Stanton (D-Ariz.)
  • Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.)
  • Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.)
  • Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas)
Republican Members

  • Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member
  • Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.)
  • Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
  • Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
  • Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.)
  • Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas)
  • Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.)
  • Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.)
  • Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.)
  • Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.)
  • Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.)
  • Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.)
  • Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.)
  • Rep. Ben Cline (R-Va.)
  • Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.)
  • Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.)
Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee Assignments:

Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law

Democrats

  • Rep. Cicilline, Chair
  • Rep. Johnson
  • Rep. Raskin
  • Rep. Jayapal
  • Rep. Demings
  • Rep. Scanlon
  • Rep. Neguse, Vice Chair
  • Rep. McBath
Republicans

  • Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Ranking Member
  • Rep. Gaetz
  • Rep. Buck
  • Rep. Armstrong
  • Rep. Steube
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Democrats

  • Rep. Cohen, Chair
  • Rep. Raskin, Vice Chair
  • Rep. Swalwell
  • Rep. Scanlon
  • Rep. Dean
  • Rep. Garcia
  • Rep. Escobar
  • Rep. Jackson Lee
Republicans

  • Rep. Johnson, Ranking Member
  • Rep. Gohmert
  • Rep. Jordan
  • Rep. Reschenthaler
  • Rep. Cline
  • Rep. Armstrong

Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
Democrats

  • Rep. Johnson, Chair
  • Rep. Deutch
  • Rep. Richmond
  • Rep. Jeffries
  • Rep. Lieu
  • Rep. Stanton
  • Rep. Lofgren
  • Rep. Cohen
  • Rep. Bass
  • Rep. Swalwell
  • Rep. Correa, Vice Chair
Republicans

  • Rep. Roby, Ranking Member
  • Rep. Chabot
  • Rep. Jordan
  • Rep. Ratcliffe
  • Rep. Gaetz
  • Rep. Johnson
  • Rep. Biggs
  • Rep. Reschenthaler
  • Rep. Cline
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
Democrats

  • Rep. Bass, Chair
  • Rep. Jackson Lee
  • Rep. Demings, Vice Chair
  • Rep. McBath
  • Rep. Deutch
  • Rep. Richmond
  • Rep. Jeffries
  • Rep. Cicilline
  • Rep. Lieu
  • Rep. Dean
  • Rep. Mucarsel-Powell
  • Rep. Cohen
Republicans

  • Rep. Ratcliffe, Ranking Member
  • Rep. Sensenbrenner
  • Rep. Chabot
  • Rep. Gohmert
  • Rep. McClintock
  • Rep. Lesko
  • Rep. Reschenthaler
  • Rep. Cline
  • Rep. Steube
Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship
Democrats

  • Rep. Lofgren, Chair
  • Rep. Jayapal, Vice Chair
  • Rep. Correa
  • Rep. Garcia
  • Rep. Neguse
  • Rep. Mucarsel-Powell
  • Rep. Escobar
  • Rep. Jackson Lee
  • Rep. Scanlon
Republicans

  • Rep. Buck, Ranking Member
  • Rep. Biggs
  • Rep. McClintock
  • Rep. Lesko
  • Rep. Armstrong
  • Rep. Steube