Battle between Oracle and Google

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post

Sukalyan Talukdar, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


Oracle and Google has been unable to reach a settlement over the copyright issue over use of Java language in Android Platform.

Java programming language has been developed by Sun Microsystem in the year  1992. Later in 2007, Google has declared that it will use Java in its Android platform. Google negotiated with Sun Microsystem about licensing deals for Java but there was no agreement. In 2010 Oracle has acquired Sun Microsystem. Oracle and Google could not finalise a deal and later in August 2010, Oracle sued Google for copyright infringement.

In May 2012 the Sun Francisco federal court ruled in favour of Google saying coding languages cannot be copyrighted.  Oracle appealed against this judgement in the US court of Appeals. The court ruled that Java APIs are copyrightable.
Google files petition in US Supreme Court. But the court denies petition. The case had returned to the district court for a trial on Google’s ‘fair use’ defence. Oracle has demanded $8.8 billion from Google for use of Java. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and Oracle CEO Safra Catz participated in a court-ordered settlement conference on 15 April but talks were unsuccessful.

We will have to wait for the next month to know the whether Google’s use of Java was a ‘FAIR’ use.


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