App Industry Leaders: APIs Not Copyrightable

In a court filing, the Application Developers Alliance argues that an Application Programming Interface (API) is not subject to copyright. APIs are the building blocks of software development that allow programs to interact with each other. The Alliance joined with members Rackspace and TMSOFT as well as Stack Exchange to file an amicus brief urging the appeals court to uphold the decision of Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California in Oracle v. Google

Application Developers Alliance to Counter Patent Troll Suits

Washington, D.C. (April 4, 2013) – The Application Developers Alliance is convening app developers targeted by notorious patent troll Lodsys to mount a legal defense on their behalf. Today’s announcement comes as Lodsys files a new round of lawsuits against companies large and small, including Alliance member TMSOFT, claiming infringement of patents so vague they could apply to virtually any app. The Alliance will partner with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others to provide support and legal counsel to many of Lodsys’ most recent victims.