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    • @orangejulius What's your take on the Oracle v. Google case regarding whether a software API is protected by copyright?

      As a programmer, I was shocked by the 2014 appeals court ruling that APIs are protected by copyright. To say that the originator of an API has the sole right to implement that API feels to me like saying that the inventor of the haiku has the sole right to write haikus. From my perspective, it's an obvious absurdity that could wreak havoc in the software industry.

      But clearly a few judges disagree with me, which makes me wonder whether I have a flawed understanding of how copyrights work (wouldn't surprise me) or they have a flawed understanding of software (also wouldn't surprise me).

    • So with 2019 being the first year since 1988 to actually have some works have their copyright expire and enter the public domain in the US, do you think we'll finally see the end of "Mickey Mouse Protection" scheme?

    • Hi Brian! I have a question about artwork. I do a lot of pixel art of athletes and often use other people’s photos as source material for my concepts. If I ever sell prints of the artwork, I try my best to manipulate and collage together the pose, change the colors, change the background so it’s not the same as any one photograph, but I’ve always been curious about how much an artist needs to “change” the image for it to be considered safe from infringement? I often see paintings of athletes that are sold and are clearly from other photographs, for example.

      In the example below, I used a photograph by Jimmy Chin as a source material for a pixel art piece that I drew by hand (in photoshop). Because it’s pretty similar to the original photo, I fully credited the photographer when I posted this to Instagram and don’t sell prints of this particular piece because I didn’t want to infringe on copyright. Was I right to assume this? I’ve always been curious about where that line is. It seems vague and ambiguous. Do you have any insight on these issues?