Oracle revives Google case ← You are here

14 Février, 2017, 14:21 | Auteur: Ludovic Moineau
  • Oracle has filed an appeal in its copyright lawsuit against Google

It's been seven years already. In May 2016, a federal jury ruled in Google's favour and stated that the use of Java API by Google falls under fair use policy.

"The court sua sponte reinforced Google's theme that Android was limited to the smartphone market where Java supposedly did not compete-and eliminated one of Oracle's central arguments-by precluding Oracle from showing all the markets where Android and Java overlapped". It vowed "to bring this case back to the Federal Circuit on appeal". Google hasn't denied that it used Java software in Android, but it has maintained that it did so without violating any intellectual property laws. "And Google reaped billions of dollars while leaving Oracle's Java business in tatters", Oracle's lawyers say in the brief obtained by The Register. Google has seen the popularity of Android explode and the Alphabet, Inc. unit has profited a lot from it.

The case has hit many quarters, including open source communities and even Java's own developer base.

It then promptly sued Google, which, according to Oracle's general counsel, Dorian Daley, developed its Android operating system by "illegally copying core Java technology to rush into the mobile device market". Most of the developers believe that Oracle is exclusively responsible for the failure of the programming language and Google has nothing to do with it. Sun Microsystems initially developed Java, but Oracle acquired the company in 2010. After losing it's case in a federal jury ruling, Oracle has taken the matter to the Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit, insisting that Google's use of Java in Android is, in fact, illegal. Oracle is not going to leave the case and seems certain to fight it out by hook or crook.