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Oracle claims Google directly copied their Java code

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Oracle claims Google directly copied their Java code
Back in August, Oracle sued Google for using patented Java codes in their Android operating system. They claimed rights to the patents which they inherited in their acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Oracle is now claiming that Google "directly copied" their Java code.

The original lawsuit didn't provide much detail about the alleged infringement, but they have now complied a more specific list of grievances. Oracle says that "approximately one third of Android's Application Programmer Interface (API) packages [are] derivative of Oracle's copyrighted Java API packages."

The statement goes on to name Java method and class names, definitions, organization, parameters, the organization of Java class libraries, as well as the content and organization of Java's documentation as infringed copyrights.

Oracle's suit is now so bold as to claim that "In at least several instances, Android computer program code also was directly copied from copyrighted Oracle America code."

Google initially dismissed the allegations as unfounded attacks on the open source community, but the specificity of the allegations seems to imply that Oracle really believes they have a case.

Oracle has moved for an injunction on the infringing Android code, but we think they might be fighting an uphill battle. It also seems too convenient (and predictable) that they have doubled their litigious efforts as Android is rising to smartphone supremacy.

source: Yahoo! News

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posted on 29 Oct 2010, 02:27

1. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


The degree of specificity within the complaint suggest this is more than a minor issue for Google. Oracle certainly has deep enough pockets to make this a battle worth watching.

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 11:32

2. funtoosh (unregistered)


What? this is a stupid case, unless if detailed specifics have not been given. Is it code in SUN PRODUCT or JAVA programming? If Oracle owns Sun and is proprietor of JAVA codes, then outside companies should be allowed to code in JAVA , I guess that is the whole purpose of developing software programming language. From obvious , it seems like they are suing their own customers. They could just charge fees, instead. Operating systems are like platforms and programming languages are like tools that are required by software companies. If you file lawsuit on OS and Programming languages then you are not only killing yourself but also your own customers. UNLESS I do not know of SUN products which have been copied by GOOGLE then this case is valid. I am sure Google will get away by paying fees as it is very popular by now. I want to see how Microsoft and Google fight down the road.

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