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Judge dismisses Oracle's copyright claim against Google

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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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posted on 31 May 2012, 16:44 8

1. smdeezy (Posts: 66; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


posted on 31 May 2012, 16:53 6

2. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

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

posted on 31 May 2012, 16:54 2

3. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

This could communicate how this feels, perhaps:


posted on 31 May 2012, 17:11 9

4. pongkie (Posts: 654; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

should be a lesson to patent trolls

posted on 31 May 2012, 17:29 5

5. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 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...

posted on 31 May 2012, 17:32 4

6. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

It's a win for the consumer too!

posted on 31 May 2012, 17:38 3

7. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

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

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 01:26 2

10. Devon (Posts: 11; Member since: 07 Oct 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". =)

posted on 31 May 2012, 17:43 9

8. Scott_H (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Oct 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.

posted on 31 May 2012, 17:49 3

9. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

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

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 04:00

11. kanagadeepan (Posts: 979; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

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

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