Google Won Long-Lasting Case against Oracle Added: Saturday, May 28th, 2016
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The search giant has won a 6-year court case launched by Oracle. The latter accused Google of infringing its copyright by using 11,500 lines of Java code in Android OS. The court decided that Google’s use of 37 Java APIs was fair use. This is good news for developers, who typically rely on free access to APIs to develop 3rd-party services.
Oracle claimed that Google’s use of its proprietary Java code exceeded fair use. The company was seeking damages of up to $9bn. As you know, Android is the most popular mobile OS of today, accounting for 1.4 billion monthly active users and a market share of more than 80%.
In addition, this court ruling sets a strong precedent in a software industry where programs and apps are often constructed from various building blocks of code that already exist. So if the owner of the original code language can claim ownership over systems using parts of its code, that might have a serious dampening effect on software developers.
When Android was developed, it partly used Java to build its API. Java was a widely used programming language, developed by Sun Microsystems in the 1990s. Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010 and made attempts to negotiate for a deal with Google over licensing the Java APIs. After these attempts failed, Oracle filed a lawsuit over copyright and patent infringement.
In 2012, a judge sided with Google, saying that APIs can’t be copyrighted, effectively dismissing Oracle’s case that Google’s use of the Java APIs infringed upon Oracle’s copyright. The judge cited the Copyright Act and said that the particular elements replicated by Google were free for all to use. However, in 2014 the federal judge reversed the original ruling and remanded the case back to the district court to be retried.
Saturday, May 28th, 2016
|posted by (2016-05-30 13:42:05)|
|The problem here is that Google is in the wrong in this case. They had the chance to pay for a developer's license, and knowingly decided not to. The court papers show that they were in talks for a $40-100 million license deal, and when Oracle bought Sun (potentially increasing to $200 million the price), they decided to create an incompatible Java fork (Android) and knowingly take the APIs, on the belief that they wouldn't be sued for it. So in the wrong is Google, that they have been working hard for the past 2 years trying to get rid of Oracle's IP, so the upcoming Android N will use OpenJDK, rather its own implementation of the Java APIs. Google decided not to pay $200 million for an unlimited 10-year license, for a OS that has provided to the company $58 Billion in those 10 years. They got away with murder on this one, and the developers will feel the impact anyway, as OpenJDK is a whole different deal. OpenJDK is controlled by Oracle, but as it has been released as OpenSource, Google doesn't have to pay a dime to use it. Also, future Android releases will not work with the APIs in litigation, so good luck to anyone still using old code snippets to create apps.||
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