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Oracle won't let go, still demands its $9.3 billion from Google

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Oracle won't let go, still demands its $9.3 billion from Google
It's been seven years already. Oracle is suing Google for unfair use of Java in the Android OS. The case has visited many different courtrooms, including the Supreme Court, and Oracle is getting shut down left, right and center, but it won't give up.

Last year, a federal jury ruled in Google's favor, stating that the use of Java in Android is, in fact, covered by the fair use doctrine. Then Oracle promised to appeal, and on Friday it did just that. The appeal consists 155 pages, and it claims that the use of its software by Google is “classic unfair use”, while also saying that “Google reaped billions of dollars while leaving Oracle's Java business in tatters”.

However, a lot of people in Java's own developer community believe that the role Google played in the platform's downfall is insignificant, and it was Oracle's handling of it that brought its slow and painful decline. The language was initially developed by Sun Microsystems, but the company was acquired by Oracle in 2010.

The legal dispute between Google and Oracle is one of the biggest rivalries in Silicone Valley. After the federal trial last May, Oracle did its best to hinder Google's practices. It even went as far as lobbying European antitrust regulators over Google's privacy policies. And with nearly $10 billion on the line, we can see why Oracle won't give up.

source: WSJ

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posted on 13 Feb 2017, 04:02

1. Zylam (Posts: 985; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Go get em tiger!

posted on 13 Feb 2017, 04:36 2

3. TerryTerius (Posts: 2101; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


If I may ask, what makes you come down on Oracle's side in this case? I don't mean that as a bait question, I'm curious.

posted on 13 Feb 2017, 06:11

6. limporgyuk (Posts: 287; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Surely its up to Oracle what their fair use policy is regarding their software. Obviously they feel Google exceeded this and want paying for use of their software. Google took the mickey imo

posted on 13 Feb 2017, 07:18 3

7. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Obviously the US justice system doesn't think so as Oracle lost.

posted on 13 Feb 2017, 20:00

15. joey_sfb (Posts: 6402; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Oracle is going to be the next SCO. Shunned by both consumer and developer.

They did not invest their money on new compelling products but on legal extortion. I known many of their client felt that way and are looking actively for alternative technology moving forward.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 00:49

16. Zylam (Posts: 985; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Yes you may.

Nothing too serious, my dad used to work in Oracle, so it's a known company in my family.

Also I love to see the tech titans duke it out in court. Who doesn't want to see two beasts have a go at each other.

posted on 13 Feb 2017, 04:19 11

2. tedkord (Posts: 13140; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Sad, desperate move by a sad, desperate company.

posted on 13 Feb 2017, 04:59

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16223; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Tedkord said it, so it must be true.

posted on 13 Feb 2017, 05:16 9

5. tedkord (Posts: 13140; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It must be true because it's true. You wouldn't understand.You're not interested in truth, you're interested in whatever hurts Google or Samsung, or helps Apple. Thus, your extreme satisfaction when Samsung was hit with a $1 billion judgement for patent violations, but your sudden dislike of patent lawsuits when Apple was hit for nearly as much. That's the difference between you and me - you have situational ethics.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 00:50

17. Zylam (Posts: 985; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


LOLOLOL nice

posted on 13 Feb 2017, 08:01

8. Wiencon (Posts: 1975; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Someone takes internet too seriously

posted on 13 Feb 2017, 08:13 1

9. Z..... (banned) (Posts: 355; Member since: 01 Feb 2017)


You take the truth negatively, everything Apple does is OK in your books or mind. ..?
Also an Apple fan boy like you doesn't like the truth nor can you swallow it. Hypocrisy at its finest.

posted on 13 Feb 2017, 09:19 3

11. tedkord (Posts: 13140; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I take truth seriously.

posted on 13 Feb 2017, 10:58 1

13. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 12983; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The original owner of Sun MicroSystems gave Java to Google before Oracle took over.

Larry Ellison is a complete an uttered disgrace.

Instead of using Java to make something better, amd help, they rather sue.

He must have so much money to waste when you already lost.

Like Apple.

Larry for years harrassed Microsoft over Netscape. He wont lwt it go because be has nothing else.

Oracle is a garbage company.

posted on 13 Feb 2017, 12:59

14. TerryTerius (Posts: 2101; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


I mean, comment sections over the place for people to have conversations with one another. It's pretty much inevitable that you will end up developing opinions of people you've never met. Especially when you talk to them or see their statements on a regular basis.

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