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Title    Supreme Court Rules in Google’s Favor in Copyright Dispute with Oracle Over Android Software
Date    Monday April 05 2021, @06:48PM
Author    martyb
Topic   
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https://soylentnews.org/breakingnews/article.pl?sid=21/04/05/1813209

We had two Soylentils write in with this breaking news. See other reports at Ars Technica, BBC, and c|net.

Supreme Court rules in Google's favor in copyright dispute with Oracle

DannyB writes:

Supreme Court rules in Google's favor in copyright dispute with Oracle over Android software:

The Supreme Court on Monday sided with Google against Oracle in a long-running copyright dispute over the software used in Android, the mobile operating system.

The court's decision was 6-2. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was not yet confirmed by the Senate when the case was argued in October, did not participate in the case.

The case concerned about 12,000 lines of code that Google used to build Android that were copied from the Java application programming interface developed by Sun Microsystems, which Oracle acquired in 2010. It was seen as a landmark dispute over what types of computer code are protected under American copyright law.

Oracle had claimed at points to be owed as much as $9 billion, while Google claimed that its use of the code was covered under the doctrine of fair use and therefore not subject to copyright liability. Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world.

See also:
Supreme Court hands Google a victory in a multibillion-dollar case against Oracle

In addition to resolving a multibillion-dollar dispute between the tech titans, the ruling helps affirm a longstanding practice in software development. But the Court declined to weigh in on the broader question of whether APIs are copyrightable.

Justices wary of upending tech industry in Google v. Oracle Supreme Court fight

Several of the other justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, suggested they were sympathetic to Oracle's copyright claims.

Still, they appeared reluctant to rule in Oracle's favor because of arguments made by leading computer scientists and Microsoft, in friend-of-the-court briefs, that doing so could upend the industry.

GOOGLE LLC v. ORACLE AMERICA, INC.

An Anonymous Coward writes:

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/18-956_d18f.pdf

Held: Google's copying of the Java SE API, which included only those lines of code that were needed to allow programmers to put their accrued talents to work in a new and transformative program, was a fair use of that material as a matter of law. Pp. 11–36.


Original Submission #1Original Submission #2

Links

  1. "Ars Technica" - https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/04/supreme-court-sides-with-google-in-api-copyright-battle-with-oracle/
  2. "BBC" - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56639088
  3. "c|net" - https://www.cnet.com/news/supreme-court-sides-with-google-over-oracle-in-case-of-android-code/
  4. "DannyB" - https://soylentnews.org/~DannyB/
  5. "Supreme Court rules in Google's favor in copyright dispute with Oracle over Android software" - https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/05/supreme-court-rules-in-googles-favor-in-copyright-dispute-with-oracle-over-android-software.html
  6. "Google" - https://www.cnbc.com/quotes/GOOGL
  7. "Oracle" - https://www.cnbc.com/quotes/ORCL
  8. "decision" - https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/18-956_d18f.pdf
  9. "argued in October," - https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/07/supreme-court-hears-google-v-oracle-software-copyright-case.html
  10. "Supreme Court hands Google a victory in a multibillion-dollar case against Oracle" - https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/05/tech/google-oracle-supreme-court-ruling/index.html
  11. "Justices wary of upending tech industry in Google v. Oracle Supreme Court fight" - https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/07/supreme-court-hears-google-v-oracle-software-copyright-case.html
  12. "Microsoft," - https://www.cnbc.com/quotes/MSFT
  13. "Original Submission #1" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=48573
  14. "Original Submission #2" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=48574

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