Jury decides lawsuit over Java copyright in favor of Google

May

27

2016

A US jury has the case between Oracle and Google unanimously decided in favor of Google. That Google does not have to pay the $ 9 billion that Oracle would require possible. The company found that Google had infringed its copyrights in Java.

Thus, a large part of the Android APIs would be that of Java based ; In the eyes of Oracle, this corresponded to copying them. Google used the argument that this was for fair use and that Java was used to innovate and not just to copy, as reports Bloomberg. The jury was finally convinced by Google’s arguments. Oracle has announced that it plans to appeal, but it seems difficult to set aside a jury verdict. The case is already a jury could not reach a verdict since 2010 and in 2012.

When the lawsuit was dropped in favor of Oracle, it had far-reaching consequences for software copyright and in particular APIs. Possibly would have brought more lawsuits by copyright holders. In earlier claimed Oracle that Google has achieved with Android about $ 22 billion profit, so the compensation sought also came at a high price. However, it would not clear how Oracle finally demanded.

In an e-mail Google told Bloomberg that the ruling as “a victory for the Android ecosystem, for the Java community and software developers’ sees.

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