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Sun Demands Removal Of Java API Docs

Javalobby, an independent online community of Java developers, announced Friday that it had removed a number of Java API documents from its JDocs Web site at the request of Sun Microsystems.

According to Javalobby president Rick Ross, Sun requested the removal of copyrighted Java API documents after they were posted on JDocs, an online repository for javadoc API documentation that launched last week. "Sun is adamant that the javadocs for Sun APIs must be accessible solely and exclusively from else," Ross said in a statement on the Javalobby Web site.

"Although their rationale has not been revealed to us, Sun's internal dialogue has also apparently resulted in a conclusion that somehow threatens the integrity of the Java platform," he continued.

According to Ross, Sun was the first corporation Javalobby approached with the idea for JDocs, and he said the company's response was "enormously positive" at the time. Subsequently, he said, other members of Sun management had acted "surprised and offended" at the publication of the APIs on the JDocs site.

"It will be up to Sun to explain what subsequently took place," Ross stated.

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