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2 Bus. & Bankr. L.J. 279 (2014-2015)
Crossed Signals: Using Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc. to Untangle the Analysis of Software Copyright Protection

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             CROSSED SIGNALS: USING
   ORACLE AMERICA, INC. V. GOOGLE INC.
        TO UNTANGLE THE ANALYSIS OF
    SOFTWARE COPYRIGHT PROTECTION

                            Robert Killian*

1.  IN TR O D U C TIO N   ................................................................................... 2 80
II. B A CK G R O U N D   ..................................................................................... 2 82
    A.  A Brief Overview of Java and the Facts of Oracle v. Google .... 282
    B.   The History and Background of Copyright Protection .............. 283
         1. Looking to the Code: Applying 17 U.S.C. § 102 to
            S oftw a re  ...............................................................................  2 8 5
         2. Limiting the Protection Under 17 U.S. C. § 102(b):
            M ethods of Operation .......................................................... 285
    C. Historical Development of Software Copyright Protection
        A round the C ountry .................................................................... 287
        1.  Third Circuit's Broad Copyright Protection of Software .... 288
        2. The Abstraction-Filtration-Comparison Test for
            Software Copyright Protection ............................................ 289
            a.  Second Circuit's Use of the Abstraction-Filtration-
                C om p arison  Test ............................................................ 290
            b. How the Abstraction-Filtration-Comparison Test
                W o rk s   ............................................................................  2 9 1
            c.  Tenth Circuit's Adoption and Expansion of the
                Abstraction-Filtration-Comparison Test ....................... 293
            d. Ninth Circuit's Adoption of the Abstraction-
                Filtration-Comparison     Test ........................................... 294
         3. First Circuit's Close Reading of 17 USC. § 102(b) ........... 295
III. UPSETTING THE BALANCE OF SOFTWARE COPYRIGHT WITH
    G OO GLE AND O RA CLE ........................................................................ 296
    A .  The D istrict Court D ecision  ....................................................... 297
    B .  The F ederal C ircuit .................................................................... 298
         1. D eclaring Source Code ........................................................ 299
         2. Copyright for Organization of the APIs ............................... 300
         3. Interoperability Concerns .................................................... 300


      Candidate for Juris Doctor, May 2016, Texas Tech University School of Law; B.A. in Japanese
Studies, Austin College. Hailing from Round Rock, Texas, Mr. Killian is seeking a concentration in
Business & IP Law. He served as the Curriculum Officer of the Law & Technology Association and a
Senior Writer for the Texas Bank Lawyer. The following people helped make this Comment possible:
Professor Rishi Batra who gave invaluable advice during the writing process; Professor Brie Sherwin for
being an outstanding Legal Practice professor; editors Ashley Neerhof and Cameron Brumfield for their
help and advice along the way; the Business & Bankruptcy Law Journal's staff editors for Volume II;
and his loving family for putting up with the long hours spent writing.

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