WSJ – Oracle Wins Court Ruling Against Google in Multibillion Dollar Copyright Case

So lame…so many years old. Does this even matter at this point? Plus, not even Oracle engineers that produced this tech…but rather some company they bought

  • Federal appeals court revived Oracle Corp.’s multibillion-dollar copyright infringement claims against Alphabet Inc.’s Google
  •  Google’s use of Oracle’s Java programming technology wasn’t “fair,”
  •  a case that dates back to 2010 (ha ha ha … here’s our court system that can’t catch up to technology after almost a decade)
  • Oracle alleged Google’s Android smartphone operating system infringed copyrights related to Oracle’s Java platform
  • appeals court ruling, if it stands, could have a broad impact on the software industry by limiting the “fair-use” defense in copyright cases    
    • could make it more costly and technically complex for developers to use Java and other copyrighted software to create new products
  • the fair-use defense, used in commercial contexts, has limited application, even if at the expense of potential technical efficiencies and interoperability,”
  •  “There is nothing fair about taking a copyrighted work verbatim and using it for the same purpose and function as the original in a competing platform,” the court wrote in a 56-page opinion.
  •  ruling is a “very strong endorsement of copyright protections,” providing assurances that investment in software development will be protected, Oracle’s Ms. Daley said.  (again, laughable since Oracle didn’t do any of this technology investment…it was Sun Microsystems…Oracle is nothing more than one of those patent trolls!)
  • case raises issues that are crucial in the technology world. The dispute centers on how software developers use application program interfaces,
  • Oracle claimed that Google illegally copied more than 11,000 lines of software code from its Java programming language to develop its Android operating system
  • decision will have a “broad chilling effect” on software development for startup
  • Google asked the Supreme Court to intervene then, but the justices chose to stay out of the case. The company now has the option to try again, and the calculus could be different this time.

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