Interfaces on Trial 3.0

The final version of my book Interfaces on Trial 3.0: Google v. Oracle America and Beyond is now available for download here. This updated version includes an extensive discussion of the Supreme Court's April 5, 2021, decision in the case, especially its impact on interoperability.  

This is the third volume in a history of the global legal debate concerning copyright and competition in the software industry. This debate has centered on two related issues. First, does copyright protect the elements of computer programs necessary to achieve interoperability? Second, to the extent that those elements are unprotectable, can copyright law nevertheless prevent the copying incidental to uncovering those unprotectable elements?

The first volume, written with Masanobu Katoh, was published by Westview Press in 1995. You can obtain a copy of Interfaces on Trial: Intellectual Property and Interoperability in the Global Software Industry here.

The second volume, also written with Masanobu Katoh, was published by MIT Press in 2011. It covers the developments in this field between 1995 and 2010. You can download a copy of Interfaces on Trial 2.0 here.  

The third volume picks up where the second volume left off, focusing in particular on Google v. Oracle America. This volume also has chapters on other U.S. litigation between 2010 and 2021; interoperability in the Copyright Office; and foreign developments.

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