After a two-week long jury trial, the culmination of a years long legal spat that started in 2010, Google has prevailed over Oracle regarding the use of Java in the Android operating system. A unanimous jury verdict held that Google’s use of Java API’s was protected by fair-use provisions of copyright law. Oracle has indicated they plan to appeal the trial results. Read more
A lawyer revealed in court this week that Android has generated $22 billion in profit since 2008, but Google is saying that number never should have been revealed.
Remember that long, drawn-out, ongoing legal battle between Oracle and Google over whether or not Java’s APIs can be copyrighted and if Google infringed on them and all of that other boring legal garble? Well, it’s still not over, but Google has made an interesting change in regard to the next version of Android. Read more
Late last month, Google was ordered to pay Oracle 1 billion in damages over its infamous Java copyright lawsuit. This ruling has worried some of Android’s manufacturer partners, especially since some of them are already being forced to pay royalties to Microsoft for patent infringement. Margins for Android phones are already getting thinner and thinner, so having to shell out more money to another party would make that situation even worse for Android OEMs. Read more
Since 2010 a lawsuit between Oracle and Google has been wending its way through the court system as the two tech giants battle it out to determine whether Google will have to pay Oracle for the use of Java code in the Android operating system. The latest stop was the Supreme Court where Google hoped the justices would hear an appeal concerning the ability of APIs to be copyrighted. The justices declined to take action to overturn a May 2014 appeals court ruling that favored Oracle. Read more
Google filed a request earlier this week seeking a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that pits the tech giant against another powerhouse in technology, Oracle. The case involves parts of Java that Oracle claims copyright over and believes Google has violated when building the Android operating system. While the dollar figure in dispute, $1 Billion, is sizable, Google is framing the question as key to the ability for tech companies to innovate. Read more
Oracle Corp today won a key legal battle over Google when the U.S. appeals court decided that Oracle could copyright certain part of the Java programming, used by Google to design Android.
Oracle originally sued Google in 2010, claiming that they had improperly used Java in Android. Because of that they are seeking around $1 billion in damages on the copyright claims.
I’m sure most of you remember the Google/Oracle lawsuit that took place over a year ago. Oracle claimed Google infringed on their copyright of Java and used pieces of copyrighted Java code to build Android, so Oracle thought they deserved a slice of Google’s profit. Considering Google has sold an absolutely incredible amount of Android phones, Oracle claimed they were owed about 6 billion dollars in damages. That eventually got cut to 1 billion in damages, but ultimately the case was ruled in favor of Google. To add insult to injury, Oracle was slapped with Google’s legal fees on top of everything. Read more
Looks like Google might be in the hot seat again because competitors filed a new antitrust complaint against them in the EU alleging that the Android OS gives an unfair advantage for Google apps. The complaint was filed by Fairsearch Europe, which consists Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle. Lead lawyer for Fairsearch said that Google is using Android “as a deceptive way to build advantages for key Google apps in 70 percent of the smartphones shipped today,” He is referring to the fact that Android OEM’s have a contractual obligation to place Google-branded apps such as Maps, YouTube, and Drive in “prominent default placement on the phone.”
Remember when Oracle attempted to sue Google due to “supposed” patent infringements that were coded into Android? Google came out on top in that case when the judge ruled in favor for the search giant. Shortly after, we reported that one of the conditions Judge Williams Alsup set for Oracle for filing the case against Google was that Oracle would have to provide for Google’s legal fees if they were to lose the case. We initially reported that the dollar amount could be as high as $300,000, but now it appears that Google thinks it’s much more than that and are now demanding upwards of a cool $4 million. According to Google, “$2.9 million was spent for organization of copied court-necessary documents, $143,341 for transcript services, and $986,978 for compensation of the court-appointed experts.”
Oracle is expected to contest the supposed $4 million that Google is seeking. Obviously, $4 million is just pocket change for the search giant, but I’m sure it’s the principle of it that Google is after. Perhaps it’s a message Google is sending to anyone else that even thinks about attempting to sue them.