Judge dismisses Oracle's copyright claim against Google

Judge dismisses Oracle's copyright claim against Google
This is it folks, the whole Google vs Oracle fiasco could soon be over and done. We already saw the ruling from the jury, which found that Google had not infringed on any of Oracle's patents, and now the judge has ruled on the copyright claims made by Oracle. The ruling is another win for Google as Judge William Alsup has found that the Java APIs did not require a license. 

Oracle had claimed that Google stole certain Java API packages and used them in Android, but Judge Alsup has ruled that the APIs were "free for all to use under the Copyright Act." The ruling doesn't necessarily apply to all Java API packages, which may still require licenses, but the specific ones Google used were ruled did not require licenses. Judge Alsup went on to write, "Therefore, Oracle’s claim based on Google’s copying of the 37 API packages, including their structure, sequence and organization is DISMISSED."

This is a big win for Google and Android. Maybe now this will all be put to rest. 

source: Ars Technica

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11 Comments

1. smdeezy

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Yippeee!

2. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Oracle should try the German judges Maybe it is not the same justice in Germany

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This could communicate how this feels, perhaps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UePmrT6tVyk

4. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

should be a lesson to patent trolls

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Good! I think that was probably the biggest hurdle or scare for Android's future. Have to wait n see whats up with MS cases now. Happy times for Android lovers, users. I think every patent case should be presided over by Judge William Alsup. Alsup for President!!!! lol. Of course I would be calling for his head if he ruled in favor of Oracle...LOL!!! I remember when all this started....all the anti - Android, Google folks came out in full force across the net about "The End Of Android!!!" Puts on armor for the anti folks responses...

6. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

It's a win for the consumer too!

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Wonder whats Florian Mueller's take on this....lol.

10. Devon

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yeah, he already has. Still saying doom looming in the horizon for Google. How I pity the previous news or sites that always quote or are linking to him. I've just realized less writers are quoting him now. At least they are no longer buying his biased views even if he spam mails them with his partisan "reports". =)

8. Scott_H

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Honestly, this ruling on APIs is a victory for the entire software industry (well, minus Oracle in the here and now) - especially smaller developers.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea...lets not overlook the bigger picture. Totally agree.

11. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1265; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Oracle... Don't be EVIL...

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