I stumbled on this question about the infamous case of Google and Oracle, concerning the integration of Java and Android. I've edited the question, but here is the original:
As many people know, there is a current case going on between Google and Oracle over the use of Java and perhaps its standard library within Google's Android operating system as a platform. I don't know much of the semantics on the case, but what might it mean for the software community at large. Could we one day see actual copyrighted APIs? Is this a danger in the future or far future? Should we be worried?
The author of the question seems to have use the case as the basis for his question. His main question(s) seem to be this:
- Could we one day see actual copyrighted APIs?
- Is this a danger in the future or far future?
The question was closed as off-topic, one of the close reasons read this:
... There are certainly links to open source, but the question whether or not API's are copyrightable is a law question...
I'm quite interested as to specifically why this question is off-topic. The wording might've been off, but I'm quite curious as to why this is (especially when I've seen support for letting these questions stay earlier on)