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Google gets a favourable ruling in $9 billion Android trial against Oracle

A jury in California’s Northern District federal court has ruled that Google’s use of copyright-protected code in Android was fair use, freeing it of any liability, reports The Verge. Oracle, which controls the copyright on the code, had been seeking $9 billion for the use of the code.

The case pertains to an API developed by Java and owned by Oracle, which allows outside programs to easily interact with Java programs. Android uses the same API.

A jury in California’s Northern District federal court has ruled that Google’s use of copyright-protected code in Android was fair use, freeing it of any liability, reports The Verge. Oracle, which controls the copyright on the code, had been seeking $9 billion for the use of the code.

The case pertains to an API developed by Java and owned by Oracle, which allows outside programs to easily interact with Java programs. Android uses the same API.

In 2014, a federal appeals court had ruled that Oracle has a valid copyright claim on the API code, and Oracle’s argument that Google took its intellectual property without permissions and made huge profits as a result, is also valid and is liable to pay billions of dollars in damages to Oracle.

In the latest round, Google argued that Android’s reimplementation of the API constituted fair use, which would allow use of the code without invalidating Oracle’s copyright. Ultimately, the jury found that case convincing. The jury unanimously upheld claims by Google that its use of Oracle’s Java development platform to create Android was protected under the fair-use provision of copyright law, bringing trial to a close without Oracle winning any of the $9 billion in damages it requested.

Google in a statement called the verdict “a win for the Android ecosystem, for the Java programming community, and for software developers who rely on open and free programming languages to build innovative consumer products.”

Oracle said it saw many grounds to appeal and would do so. “We strongly believe that Google developed Android by illegally copying core Java technology to rush into the mobile device market,” Oracle General Counsel Dorian Daley said in a statement.

 

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