With a headline like that, what’s not to like?
“I am not a lawyer, but from a developer perspective, the idea of copyrighted APIs does nothing but introduce friction and uncertainty into the very integration efforts the developers use APIs to accomplish,” said Jeffrey Hammond, a vice president at Forrester Research. “Devs will now need to worry about the potential for API lock-in via copyright, as alternative suppliers can’t produce like-for-like substitutions without risk. I don’t see how this is good for developers as it amps up the fear, uncertainty, and doubt about using third-party services.”
Donnie has a detailed piece as well, along with this example:
This is going to create a lot of difficulty for everyone reimplementing S3 APIs, for example, such as OpenStack and others, with the exception of Eucalyptus because of its Amazon partnership.
When there is only one way to express an idea or function, then everyone is free to do so and no one can monopolize that expression.
“When there is only one way to express an idea or function, then everyone is free to do so and no one can monopolize that expression.”