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I am planning to implement an official Java specification in a different programming language. Would this be a copyright violation?

Hypothetical examples:

  • a JMX "wrapper" library for C++ which can control a Java application over JMX, and uses similar concepts and class/method names as the Java implementation

  • a JavaMail API and implementations (for different .Net network libraries) for C#

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Implementing to APIs and the like probably isn't a copyright violation in the USA. If you need actual legal advice, find a lawyer of the proper specialty in the jurisdiction you're in. It'll be a lot cheaper than defending a lawsuit if you guess wrong.

Please note that asking legal advice on an international forum primarily composed of non-lawyers is not completely reliable, particularly when you neglect to tell us where you live. Laws do vary from country to country, even relatively consistent ones like copyright.

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    Yes, find an expert on the subject. – Michael K Dec 30 '10 at 19:28

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