If you’ve been following the Oracle vs Google case, you might remember that at the time of coming to a $0 damages agreement, the Judge provided Google’s representatives 14 days to file their claim for recouping legal fees from Oracle. We now know the sum they want, and it’s a biggy: $4 million. The entire sum has been broken down by at Electronista.
$2.9 million for organization of copied court-necessary documents, $143,341 for transcript services, and $986,978 for compensation of the court-appointed experts.
Oracle had stated earlier that they would contest any claims, and this is in no way the last we’ve heard of this case anyway. Oracle will be appealing certain parts of the final ruling, and they seem confident to win partially at least. However, considering they initially believed that they could claim as much as $6.1 billion, I wouldn’t take that too seriously.
Since I’ve got next to zero understanding of the legal scene, I cannot comment on whether or not Google’s demands are likely to be met. However, I can’t deny that I hope Oracle is made to pay up. The case has already set a precedent when it comes to the determining that APIs cannot be copyrighted. If Oracle is forced to part with that large a sum, it could deter similar frivolous lawsuits in the future, and we’ve seen far too many of them.