Judge: Google did not infringe on SSO of Sun/Oracle’s Java


Google’s won another major victory, today, in the courtrooms where Oracle are suing them for patent and copyright infringement due to Java’s use in Android. Oracle lost the patent phase of the case, and they thought they’d initially get a break on the copyright phase as they were able to get the jury to agree that Google infringed on the structure, sequence, and organization of their Java APIs.

Of the 37 APIs that Google were accused of “stealing,” Judge William Alsup found that 97% were written by Google, and 3% were freely replicable under a doctrine of merger. Alsup stated that allowing Oracle to pursue people for using code that does the same thing, but in a different implementation, would mean that Oracle gets too much control over what software others write.

In other words, a ruling in Oracle’s favor would essentially mean that an audio playback function in a Java-based app would infringe on code in Java that handles the playback of audio, even if the method used is completely different and original.

That is just an example to clarify what Oracle was seeking, and you can see how ridiculous it would have been for them to be granted such a ruling. But Google doesn’t quite have to worry about that now, and even if Oracle were to file an appeal (which is almost obligatory for the losing side in any major legal process) there’s little reason to believe that another courtroom would see things differently. We’ll be sure to keep our eyes on the case as it continues to brew (no pun intended… OK, maybe a little bit). [via Engadget, Arstechnica, The Verge]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Oracle… GTFO!

  2. I wonder if Oracle is having buyer’s remorse yet. Not only is Java not the licensing cash cow they seem to think it would be, but applications written for Solaris platforms are being migrated to Linux at an alarming rate to escape the draconian licensing yoke of Oracle. Oops.

    1. Wow I have not heard about this. You have any links?

  3. I don’t get the pun… anyway, there seems to be a lot to admire in Judge Alsup. Great rationalization for a non-techie.

    1. The judge is actually a developer.

    2. the case is about java… java gets brewed… get it? (java relates to coffee, coffee gets brewed… get it? :-P)

    3. Can we have him in the apple samsung case

  4. java is brewed

  5. Yeay Google! I shall add judge alsup to the heroes to whom I shall forever praise ( provided they do no harm to the great Google empire)

  6. Good for you, Google.

  7. The patent system should work this way, where common sense falls into play, aka not allowing patents on rectangles and the color black.

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