If Google Loses the Oracle Battle, the Internet Will Never Be the Same
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 10/05/2012 15:32
A jury on Monday turned in the first big verdict in the high-stakes dispute over intellectual property between Google and Oracle. Unfortunately it didn't do much to resolve the conflict, failing to rule on a key point that would give either party a clear victory.
Briefly, the jury found that Google infringed on Oracle's copyrights over Java code -- which serves as a basis for a big chunk of Android -- but didn't rule at all on whether or not Google's actions could be considered "fair use." The judge in the case, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup, has said he'll make a further ruling that will address that point and potentially alter the outcome with a final decision on whether software APIs (application programming interfaces) can be copyrighted.
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