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The Verdict Is In: Google Infringed On Oracle Copyrights

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Bob, May 7, 2012.

  1. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

    The jury in the long-running infringement case between Google and Oracle has ruled that certain pieces of Android APIs were too similar to code used in Oracle’s Java programming tools. But the jury was split on whether or not Google could claim fair use in its defense, which could lead to a mistrial.

    The decision comes after nearly two years of legal wrangling between the companies: Oracle originally filed the lawsuit in August 2010, claiming that Android infringed on technology that it had acquired from Sun Microsystems a year earlier.

    But it wasn’t a quick or decisive ruling: The jury’s decision came down after District Judge William Alsup urged jurors to take the weekend to consider claims, after it had reached a partial decision last week. Even with that time, the jury was still unable to rule whether Google was protected under the fair use doctrine. That could throw a wrench in things, as an attorney for Google said the search giant would file for mistrial as a result, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

    The decision is just the first of three portions of deliberation in the jury trial. The first section revolves around the copyright question related to the alleged infringement. The jury will return to consider patent questions in the second round of deliberations, and will consider damages that Google might be liable for in a third round.

    I’ve reached out to Google and Oracle for official comment on the jury’s decision and will update this post when/if I hear back!

    Update. Google issued the following statement: “We appreciate the jury’s efforts, and know that fair use and infringement are two sides of the same coin. The core issue is whether the APIs here are copyrightable, and that’s for the court to decide. We expect to prevail on this issue and Oracle’s other claims.“
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  2. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Good. Google needs to be knocked down a couple pegs so they can refocus on having better customer support.
  3. SilverCircle

    SilverCircle Well-Known Member

    Stupid verdict that actually declares Java less open source than it was thought to be.

    If all goes wrong and the verdict sticks (which I highly doubt), this could backfire to Oracle as a lot of developers will now be worried about their way of using Java technologies.
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  4. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Both Flash and Java are widely used through out the world in development ..... So why is it these two seem to have the most legal issues?! Indeed, this can turn around and bite them very hard in the a** should this settle "as is"
  5. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    This kinda reminds me what happened over GIFs years ago.
  6. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

  7. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Good. Microsoft needs to be knocked down a couple pegs so they bring back the start button for Windows 8.

    This **** is so retarded tutorials have to be posted on how to shut the thing off.

  8. Jason

    Jason Well-Known Member

    Well, yes and no.

    The jury really had no other option when it came to question 1A. They were instructed by the judge that APIs were copyrightable. I suspect he did this to prevent the certain appeal of his decision, should he determine they are not. So, it's now up to the judge to determine if APIs are copyrightable, and he has so far hinted that he sees this issue in Google's way.
  9. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    Hah... what customer support? No such thing as phone support. Google sucks for product support, but they do do search the best in the world.
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