Oracle wins lawsuit against Google

| May 11, 2014

Oracle wins a copyright ruling relating to Java’s use in Android

Oracle wins lawsuit against

A couple of years back, in 2010 specifically, Oracle sued Google claiming that it had violated its copyright by including 37 Java APIs within Android. Even though Java was originally owned by Sun Microsystems, Oracle had previously bought the rights to the popular framework.

Back in May 2012 it seemed that Google would win the lawsuit as a judge determined that the structure of the Java API’s couldn’t be copyrighted and thus shouldn’t be protected under the law. Even though Google thought that they might win this case the real war was just starting.

Now it was announced that the original ruling that favors Google has been reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals. The three judge panel decided that “ a set of commands to instruct a computer to carry out desired operations may contain expression that is eligible for copyright protection”.

This meaning that the lawsuit is far from over. Because the ruling was reversed Oracle can now continue to take legal action against Google, demanding an immense sum of $1 billion for the damages caused. Now the case has been referred back to the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, which means it’s only a matter of time before the two major companies return to battle before a judge.

Even if the next case is done, the losing side will most likely end up appealing the decision and things will drag on for infinity- not unlike the Samsung-Apple dispute.

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