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Ralph Oman's Amicus Curiae Brief in Oracle v. Google

Ralph Oman's Amicus Curiae Brief in Oracle v. Google

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Amicus curiae brief by former U.S. Register of Copyrights Ralph Oman in Oracle v. Google (United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit)
Amicus curiae brief by former U.S. Register of Copyrights Ralph Oman in Oracle v. Google (United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit)

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2013-1021, -1022
IN THE
United States Court of Appeals
FOR THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT
O
RACLE
A
MERICA
, I
NC
.,
Plaintiff-Appellant,
—v.—G
OOGLE
I
NC
.,
Defendant-Cross Appellant.
ON APPEALFROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICTCOURTFOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICTOF CALIFORNIA JUDGE WILLIAM H. ALSUPCASE NO. 10-CV-3561
BRIEFFOR
AMICUS CURIAE
RALPH OMANSUPPORTINGTHE POSITION OFPLAINTIFF-APPELLANTAND URGINGREVERSAL
d
M
ARCIA
B. P
AUL
L
ACY
H.
OONCE
, IIID
EBORAH
A. A
DLER
D
AVIS
W
RIGHT
 T
REMAINE
LLP1633 BroadwayNew York, New York 10019(212) 489-8230
Attorneys for Amicus CuriaeRalph Oman, former Register of Copyrights of the United States
Case: 13-1021 Document: 68 Page: 1 Filed: 02/19/2013
 
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CERTIFICATE OF INTEREST
Counsel for amicus curiae Ralph Oman certifies the following:1.
 
We represent Ralph Oman.2.
 
 That is the real name of the real party in interest.3.
 
Ralph Oman is an individual.4.
 
 The following law firm and partners or associate are expected toappear for Ralph Oman in this Court:Davis Wright Tremaine LLPMarcia B. PaulLacy H. Koonce, IIIDeborah A. AdlerDate: February 19, 2013 By: /s/ Marcia B. Paul
Attorney for Amicus Curiae Ralph Oman
 
Case: 13-1021 Document: 68 Page: 2 Filed: 02/19/2013
 
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 TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
CERTIFICATE OF INTEREST ................................................................................ i TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ................................................................................... iiiI.
 
INTRODUCTION AND STATEMENT OF INTEREST ..............................1II.
 
 THE TRIAL COURT ERRONEOUSLY FOUND THAT EVENORIGINAL STRUCTURE, SEQUENCE AND ORGANIZATIONOF COMPUTER SOFTWARE IS UNPROTECTABLE IF ITCONSTITUTES A “COMMAND STRUCTURE” ........................................5A.
 
 The Traditional Copyright Principles at Issue in this Case ...................5B.
 
 The Traditional Copyright Principles Apply to Software .....................9C.
 
 The Trial Court Erred in Determining that the Original,Expressive Structure of Oracle’s Program Was NotProtectable Solely Because It Constitutes a CommandStructure or “Method of Operation” ...................................................13III.
 
 THE COURT ELEVATED INTEROPERABILITYCONCERNS TO AN UNWARRANTED PLACE OF PRIMACY IN THECOPYRIGHT LAW ......................................................................................18A.
 
 That Aspects Of Software Implicate InteroperabilityDoes Not Predetermine That It Is Unprotectable ................................18B.
 
 The Court Improperly Introduced CommercialConsiderations Only Appropriate to a Fair UseAnalysis Into the Examination of Copyrightability ............................24 
Case: 13-1021 Document: 68 Page: 3 Filed: 02/19/2013

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