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Aaron Lowe, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs. Find Aaron’s other episodes HERE.

Key Talking Points

  • Google vs Oracle. Google was using some of the application program interface (API) for Oracle for phones, Oracle sued over copyright infringement. 
  • Aftermarket automotive concern- power to original equipment manufacturer if they limited access to their software so they wouldn't be able to build compatible parts- cars are software driven
  • Auto Care Association filed an amicus brief on Jan 13th, 2020 urging Supreme Court not to permit copyright protection 
  • The Supreme Court on April 6 ruled that: “Google’s copying of the Java SE API, which included only those lines of code that were needed to allow programmers to put their ac­crued talents to work in a new and transformative program, was a fair use of that material as a matter of law.” 
  • The Supreme Court ruled copying API to build compatible parts is fair use, overturning a lower court decision in favor of Oracle that Google had violated Oracle’s copyright of its API 
  • Copyright law- right to repair software driven technology
  • Aftermarket call to action Providing information/concerns/issues- helps better defend the aftermarket with the more information
  • Networking in the software copyright realm benefits all efforts
  • Thanks to Aaron Lowe for his contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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